Heb. 6:11,12 – We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Some folks look to Christ as only a help when some major drama invades their life. Now don’t misunderstand me, He is definitely there when the wheels fall off, but He is more than that, way more than that! Christ is our life itself. It is His life that satisfies us on the best days but this life also keeps us in our worst days. It is Christ in us that produces a hope for the future; actually He is our hope. Our conversion opens the door to a new way of life, what we experience in Christ is incomparably superior to anything we have known or experienced without Him in this life. His life produces in us a perseverance, a perseverance that grows as we press in to Him and allow Him to renew us day by day. Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray on allowing the Lord to produce hope that leads to perseverance in us.
“Conversion is but a beginning, a step, an entrance on a path; day by day its surrender must be renewed; every day faith must afresh accept Christ, and find its strength in Him. Through faith and long-suffering we inherit, enter on the possession of the promises. Salvation consists in what Christ Jesus is to us and does in us. There must, each day, be personal fellowship with Him, distinct personal surrender to His teaching and working, if He is indeed to be our life. Let us beware, above everything, of unconsciously resting or trusting in what we have or enjoy of grace. It is alone by faith and long-suffering, by the never-ceasing daily renewal of our consecration and our faith in our quiet time with our Beloved Lord, that the heavenly life can be maintained in its freshness and power.”
It is our own personal revelation of Christ that not only satisfies us today but produces a hope in us that causes us to press on to the very end. Seeing Christ as He is today; our heavenly High Priest seated at the Father’s right hand produces this deeper kind of life in us. Seeing Him in His glory produces a depth in us that can never quit. We have tasted the glory of the other world and nothing this world can throw at us will stop us.