Handling Adversity ~ DAY 24

“For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end” (Hebrews 3:14).  Our author makes an important correlation between partnership and perseverance. 

Let’s consider the idea of partnership for a moment.  It speaks about active participation.  God never designed us to be spectators upon the world’s stage, but to become active participants.  We must shed our passivity for activity.  However, we are not just to be busy or active for activity’s sake.  We are to be Christ’s associates and companions.  We are to join hands with Jesus, or if you prefer, lock arms with Jesus every day.  It’s learning to cooperate with God and join Him willingly and joyfully in what He has planned for us daily.  When we think about the heart of this word “partners” and it’s meaning, it certainly reminds us of and relates to the concept of discipleship.  Jesus called ordinary people like you and me to simply “follow Him.”  We must ask ourselves, “Am I truly partnering with Christ every day?”

Another important aspect of the word “partner” is that true partnership results in a change simply by being in the presence of the one with whom we’re partnered.  What greater transformation could result than walking with God every day?!  “And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).  “Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).  Jesus calls us to follow Him every day so that we can be transformed by His presence in our lives every day.  But it is evident that not all partnerships affect us positively.  In fact, many have the potential of impacting us negatively and doing great harm to our spiritual health and well-being.  This is why the Bible declares, “he who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20).

The only way you and I will be able to persevere through our seasons of adversity is by choosing each day the right partnerships.  There is no better partner than Jesus.  And we are truly blessed when in this life there may be one or two fellow believers  we can partner with as well.  If we don’t learn the value of great partners then according to the author of Hebrews, we will never be able to hold our confidence firm until the end. 

Reach out to Christ today!  Ask God to give you a good flesh & blood partner and be a good partner for someone else this day.