Hebrews 3:12-13 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Help a brother out!
Ahhh… the sin of unbelief. At some point in time, we have all struggled with doubt. When I think about doubt I usually put it on a faith/doubt spectrum. It would look something like this:
So at any given time we would fall somewhere on that spectrum. As faith increases, doubt increases and as doubt increases, faith decreases. You get the point. But here in Hebrews, it is pointing to unbelief as sin. How does that work!?!
Before we came to know Christ, there was likely an unbelief in us that was rooted in lack of information and lack of relationship. It is kind of like going over the speed limit when you can’t find the speed limit sign. “But officer, there are no signs posted, so I didn’t know what the speed limit was!” You know, that sort of thing. I think that this version of unbelief is quite normal and is wrestled through when we come to know Christ.
But this kind of unbelief spoken of in Hebrews 3 is the kind where you see the speed limit 35 sign and continue to go 50. It is having the experience of walking with Jesus and still not believing in who He is and what He can do. Yet there are some who see the sign and continue to speed and there are some who have real, miraculous, life-changing relationship with Jesus and still continue to doubt His power, His ways, or even His existence as God.
What are we to do with this? The writer of Hebrews says this, “help a brother out!” We are to encourage one another daily. We are to remind each other of what God has done in our lives. We are to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to “see to it” that none of us develops that unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. So who do you need to call today to encourage? Who do you need to confess your unbelief to? If we lift each other up, we will see to it that the deceitfulness of the enemy and of the flesh doesn’t creep in and steal the seeds that the Lord has planted in our lives.