Saturday night we watched Pastor John Piper’s sermon live through the Desiring God live-streaming. He preached on Hebrews 3:12-15:
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Piper’s sermon impacted us in many ways but one of the significant ways it hit me was to give me a deeper understanding of God’s call to write. I can’t begin to recount the fear that grips me sometimes in the middle of the night, the discouragement, the spiritual warfare, the feelings of inadequacy. I wonder what good I can possibly be doing—there are thousands of voices out there probably articulating Christ way better than I am. Who do I think that I am? (You are now getting a peek in how I wrestle with God sometimes.) The answer to all my questions, the response to my small faith, the assurance that this is not from me but from HIM has always been:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Cor. 1:3-4
For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Cor. 4:6
The Lord’s answer to me in all my wrestling with “why” has always been: For the comfort of those in affliction and for his glory.
How can I refuse my Lord? If I was blood bought, as Piper has said so many times, how can I refuse the calling of my Lord?
Yesterday through Piper’s exposition of Hebrews 3:12-15 there was movement in my soul into the deeper purposes of God: God uses us to help each other persevere. Encouraging one another so that we are not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin, is one of our most important jobs as brothers and sisters in Christ. This one-anothering, whether it is in our local communities or in our online communities, is a means by which the Lord works in his Church for his glory and for the good of his people.
The deeper perspective then, is that we should be for each other—for the good of one another, just like our Father is for doing us good (Jeremiah 32:40). We should be rooting for each other’s spiritual growth, rebuking sin with grace, love and firmness, stopping the scoffing, sneering, judgmental attitudes, humbly give of our gifts and talents for the good of each other and whatever else is in line with the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.