‘But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. Hebrews 3.6
In any situation in which you find yourself, if you were to consider what would be the Christian thing to do you would probably think in terms of actions; turning the other cheek, loving, giving generously and speaking out. However, this verse suggests that behaving as a Christian is often more about what happens on the inside rather than the outside.
We are God’s house, the place where he dwells, if we hold on to what he has given us - courage and hope. Our action will spring from what is within, for it is the courage to believe that he is there even if we cannot feel him, and the hope that there is always more; more of his grace, his abundant life and his power at work in and through us. Holding on to these things means believing that they are there, and as we hold on to them something of them flows through us.
Whatever situation you are facing, your first reaction should be to turn to God in some way. It may be to utter the name of ‘Jesus’ or to remember that you are his dwelling place. However you do it, things will happen when you turn to God before you act!
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