In this life we never truly “arrive.” What I mean by that is we never get to the place where we’ve made it and everything works, life just clicks and all our dreams have come true. It just doesn’t happen. You can become a parent but the hard work of parenting soon follows. You can graduate from high school, but a Monday morning job awaits. You can get married, but you soon find that being married is a whole lot more difficult than saying “I do.” What this leads to is either a frantic search for the next thing we hope will deliver us or abandoning the search and resigning ourselves to a oh-hum existence.
But here’s help for those who have given their lives to Jesus. The reason why we never get “there” (wherever “there” is) is that we live between the “already” and the “not yet.” We live, as a follower of Jesus, between the promises we already have as a redeemed son or daughter and the promises that won’t come until heaven.
In today’s passage we look at God’s instruction for living and thriving in the tension of the already and the not yet. The writer of Hebrews shows us what it will takes to navigate the space we live in as we wait for what is coming. The truth is that there is a way to have life to the full even though the best is yet to come.