Anchor

19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20; NKJV)

There is a hymn that is probably familiar to many of you titled “Will Your Anchor Hold?”.  The chorus is:  “We have an anchor that keeps the soul.  Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”

There are so many great thoughts throughout the song about our Anchor being in heaven, that the cable of the Anchor passes between His heart and mine, that it is in the Savior’s hand, anchored fast to the heavenly shore,  that it is safely moored in the bright harbor to the city of Gold and much more.

The song also talks about the billows of life, strife, rising tide, strain, and raging tempests representing our struggles and challenges in this world.  Still, the Anchor holds beyond the veil in heaven where God is and we have access to divine power.

Of course others can’t physically see our Anchor or the cable passing between Jesus and us.  But they can see us holding firm with hope and peace even though the life around us is raging and hard.  They might not be able to see our Anchor but if we hold fast because we hold onto Jesus, there is a good chance someone is going to ask us how we could possibly be ok and then we get the chance we are looking for and just maybe the whole reason the storm is raging in our life in the first place…to share Jesus and our hope in Him.

Our Anchor is true.  We just need to stay connected to it and tell others why we do.  Hold fast brothers and sisters!

Freely and Confidently Sew

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1 Let brotherly love continue… 5…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:  “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:1, 5-6)

1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved….13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:1, 13)

This week, I have shared the two verses above around the central theme that as Christian men we are freed to offer ourselves in all facets of our lives and in all relationships because though we might be hurt or find ourselves in difficult times God will never forsake us.  Further, in Jesus, we are able to do all things He has given us to do with His strength  We are free and reinforced to be what God has called us to be.

I invite you to read the Parable of the Sewer found in Matthew 13:1-9; Mark. 4:1-9; and Luke 8:4-8) and consider our role as evangelists living in a sin-cursed world.

Often times, I find myself unwilling to take a chance on sharing the gospel because I am afraid I will be rejected or hurt somehow emotionally (and I guess physically given the wrong circumstance).  I constrain myself by not taking an eternal perspective and make what is right in front of me most important.  Or…I think I am not capable and somehow combine the “sewing” of seed (my responsibility) with the “increase” which is a result of the soil (a person’s heart) the seed lands on and the power of God in their life.

So I endeavor to be…and I want you to be encouraged and freed to live your life as a “more than conqueror” in Jesus.  That will make a difference to those in the world who see us live this way…and might just lead to a question of “why”.  This is the opportunity we are looking for to sew the seed of the Gospel…be free to do that without worry of hurt, embarrassment or how it takes root.

Remember, when the gospel is preached people react in different ways.  The important thing is that it is preached but it is going to be received differently.  Some are like the wayside soil.  They hear the message, but their hardened hearts keep them from understanding it.  These ones fall easy prey to Satan because they will not believe and be saved.  Some people are like the rocky soil.  They initially receive the gospel with joy; but because they are never rooted in it they easily fall away in time of temptation or tribulation or persecution.  Some people are like the thorny ground.  They hear the word, but any desire to keep it and to do it is quickly choked out because of their cares and desires for the things of this world.  However, there are those like the good soil.  These ones have a noble and good heart (which is necessary for understanding).  They not only hear the word, they accept it, keep it, and bear fruit with patience.

None of that, however, has to do with you and you are free to sew the seed and trust in God to give the increase and do great things with the gospel in your life and in the lives of others.