Every generation will have its false alarms of crisis and every generation will have its real life crises—some global, some local, some individual.
For the original hears of Hebrews, they lived in a time of crisis. First, there was a theological crisis. People were struggling to identify exactly who Jesus was. Second, it was a time of political crisis. Christians were being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. This political crisis brought about a personal crisis for believers in Jesus. Finally, the church was in crisis. People were leaving the church confused and disappointed. Let’s see: theological crisis, political crisis, and church crisis of people abandoning their spiritual convictions. One might say that this letter is written to folks just like us living in 2015.
What do we do in such times like these when we realize that we live in a “shaken kingdom?” In times like these we remind ourselves that there is a “kingdom, which cannot be shaken.” What are we to do?
As the book of Hebrews comes to a close, we discover three ways that Christians ought to respond to the inevitable crises that come our way.
Let our Worship go up!
Hebrews 12:28 says that we must serve God with reverence and awe. I need to worship today more than ever. I find that when I worship, I worry less. It’s impossible to worry and worship at the same time.
But worship is more than what is obvious. In addition to praising God in formal and informal times of worship, chapter 13 reveals that worship is revealed in our public actions like loving fellow Christians, strangers, and sufferers. Worship doesn’t stop there. We also reveal our worship in our personal actions as in our marriages and with our money (Hebrews 13:4-5)
Let the Word of God come in!
Hebrews 13:7-9 indicates a second response. We need to let the word of God come in to our lives. We can do this by paying attention to our spiritual leaders (13:7), to the changeless words of Jesus (13:8), and to the basic doctrines (13:9)
Many will appear with deceptive words in these last days, so we must know well the Word of God.
Let our Witness go out!
Finally, we respond to crisis by letting our witness go out.
Jesus was led out of Jerusalem. He was rejected by the establishment. Jesus now calls us to go outside the camp. The unshaken kingdom has its future not inside, but outside the camp.
A world in crisis can ill afford a church that remains in camp. Instead, we must go outside the camp.
We, like Jesus, must be willing to bear the burden and bear the reproach.
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