I am glad to have the privilege of writing these devotions every month. They cause me to realize many things, but one of the things they cause me to realize is just how much some themes of the bible are constantly being presented in almost every book. One of those themes resurfaces in Hebrews 3:12-14. This passage calls on us to encourage each other lest we fall prey to the deceitfulness of sin. Sin is tricky and we need the vantage points of our brothers and sisters to help us see our blind spots and encourage us out of the pits when we fall into them. This is one of the ways God has designed us to persevere in the faith.
And that is the recurring theme, namely, perseverance. True believers always persevere. They keep believing and trusting and treasuring Christ to the very end of their days. This is almost on every page of the bible. Verse 14 says, “we have come to share in Christ IF indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” That is a big “IF”. It should cause us to, anew, examine ourselves to see if we are genuine!