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The problem reminded me that getting things right is not always easy. As a Christian at work I do find it very hard to avoid slipping into behaviour and language that is not fitting for me as a Christian and can be a poor witness to others.
Hebrews is a book in the New Testament of the Bible and in chapter 12 and verse 14 we read this: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”
The apostle Paul encourages us to “pursue peace . . . and holiness.” He wants us to get this right.
Pursuing anything requires the expending of energy; it is often very hard work. Pursuing holiness especially goes strongly against the grain of the carnal, anti-God nature within us, leftover from following this world.
Paul adds that we must pursue holiness because “without it no one will see the Lord.” It is true that, while we are justified, we are also sanctified. Being set apart is an aspect of holiness. However, the responsibility of pursuing remains because God wants our holiness to be, not a static state, but a dynamic, living, practical, and working part of our character. This character is built through experience after we have been given access to Him. We must seek and build it through cooperative association with and because of Him and our Lord and Saviour.
A number of motivations exist for doing so. The first – a no-brainer – is because we love Him. Jesus says in John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Another motivation springs from friendship. Jesus explains in John 15:14, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”
Do we want to please God? Jesus says in John 8:29 “I always do those things that please Him.” Do we want to be in God’s Kingdom enough to walk His way of life entirely, regardless of what God may demand of us? Joshua and Caleb did on the journey to the Promised Land. Jesus states in John 17, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” He paid a huge price, and He made it.
We are told to pray without ceasing and to give thanks in every circumstance because both of these are part of God’s will (I Thessalonians 5:17-18). We are also to study “to present ourselves approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed” (II Timothy 2:15). Each of these is a labour that falls upon anyone who appreciates God for what He has done and for what He so generously and freely provides.
Do we want to witness for God, bringing Him glory by our labours of love? Isn’t this what all the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 accomplished? Abel’s work of faith still speaks (Hebrews 11:4); Noah’s witness condemned the world (verse 7), and Abraham’s faith drove him to seek “the city . . . whose builder and maker is God” (verses 8-10). Hebrews 11:39 declares that all of those named or implied in the chapter obtained a good testimony through faith.
They worked in various ways. Undoubtedly, God included in His Book the witness of the shining examples of their efforts so that their lives might prod us to do the same in our own.