From Pastor’s Desk:
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. – Hebrews 6:10 NKJV
Context presented in Chapters 5 and 6 must be examined, in my opinion, to grasp the full implication of this verse.
The author of Hebrews is coming from chapter 5, where he comes down pretty hard on those who are not spiritually mature, and evidently, have no desire to be. In the beginning verses of Chapter 6, he admonishes them to go on into ‘adulthood’ by leaving the elementary principles of Christ, and continuing on to full maturity. Now, in verse 10 he expresses confidence that they will. They will do that by ministering to the saints. Assuring them that God will not forget their work and labor of love, he takes them on into verses 13-20, in which he shares “God’s infallible purpose in Christ.”
He closes the passage of 13-20 with words about hope: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever…”
Is it not this hope that keeps us going? Hope serves as a great incentive to strive for maturity in order for us to teach others in their process of maturity. When all earthly hope is gone, we can tap into a heavenly hope that supersedes all earthly hope. Someone has said that there is nothing for sure in this life but death and taxes. Not sure of the ‘taxes’ but there is a surety about death. Unless God chooses to rapture, or catch away the saints, death is the only way we’re going to get out of this life into the next.
We who have accepted Christ as Savior have what Scripture calls, a “Blessed Hope” that goes beyond the mundane. It is much more than wishing. It is an expectation and anticipation of things to come. Hope then becomes coupled with faith, for “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen “(Hebrews 11:1). How is there substance to hope? How can there be evidence of something that is not seen? That’s why it is called the “Blessed Hope.” It is not worldly, but rather, spiritual.
What does hope and/or faith have to do with Hebrews 6:10? It is because we have this blessed hope that we pursue maturity, teaching and preaching beyond rudimentary/elementary principles. It is why we continue to minister to the saints so that they will grow beyond spiritual infancy, toddler-hood, adolescence, teen-age years, young adult-hood, and on into adult-hood and full maturity.
It is so we, all of us, “…may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:18-19).