Turn up the heat!

Good morning, and what another hot one it is! Really lovely. A person would pay good money to get this kind of weather abroad!

But it comes at a small price – quick tempers. While at work with the pressures and demands that come with modern day employment, this extra heat seems to cause a person to have a much shorter fuse.

So what should I as a Christian remember?

Well I ended up in Hebrews chapter 10 verses 22-24 which say: “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,”

The first thing Paul lays out is a three-step plan to help us. In verses 22-24, he makes three exhortations.

First, “let us draw near.” In other words, get moving! He says, “Take advantage of this privilege of coming before God, and believe without doubting, knowing your sins are forgiven and remembering that God is faithful and merciful to forgive.” Recall that in the performance of their duties, the priests had to wash their hands and feet before entering the holy place. This is why Paul mentions water. He is alluding to the Hebrews’ need to become clean. Elsewhere he refers to this as something we need to do daily. So today lets as point one remember while at work to continue to draw near to God because if we do He promises to draw near to us.

Second, he commands them to “hold fast your profession.” Paul uses a similar phrase five times before this. He wants them to show by their conduct that they believe in what God has promised . In other words, he advises, “Remember your conviction in the awesome hope of our calling.” These people were allowing the world to get them down; they were succumbing to a “what’s the use” resignation.. Paul exhorts them to continue, to persevere in the grace God had already shown them, not wanting them to waste it by failing to look ahead and be persistent. He presses them to yield to God and to allow themselves to be reassured that He is faithful to His promises. At work we can easily forget this, and all too often it is not until Sunday that we are reminded again.

Pay special attention to the third exhortation. The word “consider” is very strong. He urges them to think upon and to strive for unity by caring for each other. He wants the Hebrews to give special attention to their brethren’s circumstances, trials, temptations, weaknesses, and needs. They need to “fire each other up” to promote love for God and for each other and to carry out our common responsibilities. Christians do this by setting a good example, by occasional suitable exhortations, by acts of kindness, and by expressions of appreciation. So as the heat rises let’s all do this too today!

Have a great day!

Mark

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