Reading: Hebrews 12: 25-29
This passage in Hebrews was written in a time when following Christ could be very dangerous. It could cost you your life. While many of us do not face this danger today, in some parts of the world it is the reality. Christians around the world die for their faith daily. While most of us do not face this ultimate price, being a follower has a ‘cost’ to all believers. This passage today is meant to encourage all believers and to remind us if the hope we have in Christ.
In following Christ, the cost can come in a number of ways. It can be economic or social or relational. As a Christian our choices and decisions can cost us popularity, status, position, or power. It may cost us success as we choose to live following God’s ways. We may choose to live less extravagantly as we choose to honor God first with our resources. Our faith may cost us friendships, business partnerships, and even familial relationships as others choose to walk a worldly path. There can be many costs.
Hebrews reminds us that we are one day “receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken”. While in this earthly kingdom we face many ‘costs’. They can shake us at times. They can make us question and doubt. We can also have our faith and our lives shaken by forces out of our control. Economic downturns, violence and wars, disease, and death are just a few examples of things that can shake us. Life and the circumstances that surround it and fragile and often we have little or no control over it. Yet in the midst of this stands Jesus, our rock. In the here and now, Jesus is our unshakable foundation. As we lived out our blessed lives here on earth, we know beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Jesus awaits us in the heavens, the kingdom that cannot be shaken.