'So watch your step, friends.'
Watch your step. Watch what you're doing. Watch where you're going. Everyday sayings, but do we really listen when we hear these words?We hear these words, sometimes everyday. We might even say these words, to ourselves or someone else, everyday. The question is, do we really listen to these words? Watch your step. You can trip before you see it coming. Watch what you're doing. You can get caught up in a quick minute. Watch where you're walking. You can walk your way into a corner if you're not watching where you intend to go.
'Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God.'
Do we watch where our actions are taking us? Our choices and actions have consequences. In a moment, we can take our eyes off Jesus and find our feet tripping us up. Taking us somewhere that we didn't intend on going. We have to watch our step. Diligently watch out for those diversions that can trip you up.
'For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes.'
Are we able to take constructive criticism in a positive way? It is possible to hear criticism in a way that helps up change inappropriate behavior. When we can get past the insulted stage and move into the 'perhaps I need to take a closer look at this' stage we can usually work our way through the issue. We need to be flexible enough to realize we aren't perfect and we may need to adjust our attitude.
'If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul.'
When we are able to keep our eyes and hearts and minds on Jesus we will get there. Eventually. The long haul is forever. 'Well done good and faithful servant.' That's a good goal.
'These words keep ringing in our ears: Today, please listen; don’t turn a deaf ear as in the bitter uprising.'
The bitter uprising? The next verse reminds us of the Israelites long journey in the desert. Never happy and complaining most every step of the way. If you lose your way, stop complaining about your circumstances and listen with an open heart and mind. Listen with anticipation when the Holy Spirit is urging you. Hear with humility if you are being corrected. Listen with love to your companions. If you speak, speak your truth with loving kindness.
We're in this for the long haul. We have a family of believers, our comrades in this journey, who we can reach out to for help. We help each other, shore each other up, and urge each other along as we all make this journey together. Yes, we might stumble and we might even fall, but we have companions ready and willing to lend a hand. Best of all, we have Jesus. Jesus is always ready to extend a hand to help us get back up. It's for the long haul. A journey of discovery and so much more. Listen well and intentionally.
Hebrews 3: 12-14 MSG
"So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul. These words keep ringing in our ears: Today, please listen; don’t turn a deaf ear as in the bitter uprising."