1) What does it mean when someone is “fixated” on something? What is something you are engrossed with?
2) What can you do to help stay the course of faith? How can you keep on track in the midst of the challenges of life?
3) How close together are what you know and what you do? How much space is between your understanding and your practice?
Chapter 2 started with a call for us to pay attention. Here in Chapter 3, we are challenged to “fix our thoughts” on Jesus (3:1). A fuller understanding of this phrase is “to observe fully; to behold, consider, discover, perceive.” This indicates a deliberate focus, an intense look. David asked for one thing (Psalm 27:4). Mary chose one thing (Luke 10:41-42). Paul did one thing (Philippians 3:13-14). What would it be like for you to be fixated on Jesus?
The Israelites came to a time of testing at the edge of the Promised Land and failed. As a result, they wandered in the desert for forty years until an entire generation perished. What happened? And how do we keep this from happening again? According to Hebrews 3:12, they had sinful, unbelieving hearts. Since sin still has the ability to derail us from God’s best, the writer calls us to encourage one another in the midst of the journey. Mutual concern, accountability and challenge will help keep us on track.
In recapping the story of the Israelites at the end of Hebrews 3, the writer refers to them as those who “heard and rebelled.” Could that be said of us? Could that be said of you? It would be one thing to not know what God has for us; what He expects from us. It’s quite another to know and to choose to go against it.