For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.
Hebrews 3:4-6 NLT
These few verses are pretty confusing out of context. They sound nice, but what do they really mean? As you read throughout Hebrews, you see a consistent theme of the supremacy of Christ—Jesus is superior to the angels, Jesus is the Great High Priest, etc. The author mentions the roles of Moses and Jesus in the house of God. Moses was a servant in the house, but Jesus is the head of the house. This is another example of the author highlighting how significant and superior Jesus is in comparison to anything else.
In verse six, the author tells us what it takes to be a part of God’s house—courage and perseverance. As we read in chapter 2, the author addresses people drifting away from the faith. So this truth of courage and confidence in Christ is the solution to drifting away. We all make mistakes, but when we persevere through trials and keep our hope in Jesus, we live in the abundance of being in God’s house.
Persevering in faith can look a lot of different ways.
We face disappointments throughout life, and it feels like the world is falling apart. Persevering in faith looks like trusting the goodness of God even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
We all struggle with sin. Persevering in faith looks like repenting and believing that God fully forgives you.
We experience both complacency and passion towards God. Persevering in faith looks like choosing to draw close to God even when we don’t feel like it.
Whatever the situation might be, God has proven himself to be good, faithful, and worth following. Above all else, take courage in the character of God, especially when circumstances become difficult. He’s worth it. He’s better than you think.
God, you are the giver of every good thing, and you are superior to every circumstance I face. Thank you that you are my Helper and my Shepherd. Help me to take courage and remain confident in you, even when it’s hard. Lord I believe, help my unbelief. In Jesus name, amen.