Read: Hebrews 10: 32-36
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Driving while looking through the rear-view mirror is dangerous. How far will you go if your focus is completely on where you’ve been?
But there is a benefit to glancing back and that is what the writer of Hebrews is encouraging his readers to do as they draw near to God.
In Hebrews 10:32-36 he focuses on three areas –
- Remember Opened Eyes (v. 32)
- Remember Standing Firm (vs. 33-34)
- Remember the Promise (vs. 35-36)
Do you remember when your eyes were first opened to the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Is there a time and place of special remembrance for you?
As a result of their faith, the Hebrews suffered as they were publicly challenged. And when others were treated badly because of their faith, they stood firm by their brothers and sisters.
They stood firm by showing compassion to those in prison because for the Name. They lost property and still, they stood firm.
Think of a time when you stood firm in the face of opposition. Doesn’t that encourage you?
Finally, he tells them to hold tight to their confidence and move forward with endurance and they will receive the promised reward.
If you’re in a challenging spot today take a look through the rear-view mirror today.