We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:12 NIV
Many have gone before us, modeling a life of surrender and commitment to obey the Lord wholeheartedly. Here the writer of Hebrews exhorts us to imitate their lives; lives that demonstrate three qualities of a surrendered life.
They first model a life full of faith – a life that trusts God and His Word. They trust His purposes when it makes sense or not; when it feels good, or not; and when supported by others or asked to stand alone against the cultural tide.
Secondly, they model a life that patiently waits upon God to do what only He can do. They are not passive in their patience, but they only act as He directs. They rest in the assurance that He knows their circumstances and will, in His perfect time and His perfect way, demonstrate His power to do above and beyond what we can ask or imagine.
Finally, these models of the surrendered life inherit what God has promised. They take God at His Word and align their lives to His promises. Through faith and patience (perseverance), they receive what He promises, knowing His Word is backed by His unchanging character and that nothing is impossible for Him. They pray over His promises with an expectancy that He will do just as He promised.
Pray that we would model faith, patience and trust in the promises of God as found in His Word, encouraging others to imitate our surrendered life.
Pray that God would raise up a new generation of surrendered followers of Jesus whose lives demonstrate the power of God to fulfill His promises.
Pray over the Scriptural promises God has given you, asking Him to do just as He promised.
“You do not have because you do not ask God.” James 4:2 NIV