And if he shrinks back I will not be pleased with him.
Hebrews 10:38 NIV


Photo courtesy of morguefile and krosseel.NOT pleased with me! What a contrast to, You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased (Luke 3:22).

Pleasing God is my greatest desire, but I know I fall short—hindered by imperfect vision. In Hebrews, we read, Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. I can drive on my street in the dark because I know it so well. What I don't know is if an animal will be standing in the road. That's why I depend on my headlights. Our street has no lights, but my car does. So I use them. I engage them. I turn them on.

This verse is speaking of faith, and where faith is concerned Jesus exemplified it—even to death. He was not deterred by persecution. Forsaking all, He chose to trust and walk in God's plan for all mankind.

In the same way, Jesus is our light. The world is a dark place—Satan’s domain. He likes nothing better than to see us face head-on collisions. Jesus wants to guide and deliver us safely to our destination, but we have to follow close behind him.

How do we know for sure He is out there and leading us? By faith, if we've chosen to follow Him. The Bible tells the story of Zacchaeus and a rich young ruler. Both had money, but one willingly gave his heart to Christ and decided to follow him while the other did not. Both were  in the presence of Christ, but one moved forward and the other shrank back.  What made the difference?

Materialism. Too much stuff can deter us from following Christ. We make idols of people or things when Jesus is the only person worthy of  worship. As we leave this holiday season behind—fondly recalling the gifts, the music, and the festivities—I pray we hold firm to the message it delivered.

Celebrate the life of Jesus. From His birth to His death to His resurrection. It's a gift for us to open daily. Let's not shrink back once the festivities end.  

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Jewell Utt

Jewell Utt is a writer and speaker. She has served in church leadership for over twenty years, with a focus on women's ministry and community outreach. The common thread of teamwork shows through in her music, teaching, and administrative roles. Jewell is the director of a community food pantry, teaches Bible study, and organizes events. She has been married for thirty-four years and has three grown sons. Visit her website at: www.jewellutt.com