Hebrews 6: Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
The writer to the Hebrews wants to take his readers beyond the basics about Jesus and lead them into a fuller understanding of who Christ is and what he has done for us. That’ doesn’t mean that the basics are not important. They are. Luther would review his catechism every day just to remind himself of the fundamental truths of his faith. Repentance from acts that lead to death and faith in God are the important fundamentals of our faith and should be reviewed and practiced every day.
We should review what God expects of us in the Ten Commandments. Luther would regularly “pray through” the commandments. You can do that by taking each commandment and do an ACTS review. You start with ADORATION, and taking a cue from the commandment, praise God for all that he is and does. Then CONFESS whatever sins you have committed according to that commandment. Then thank God for his goodness and mercy and his forgiveness. Finally, make a supplication or prayer based on this commandment. You can do the same for the Creed and other parts of the Catechism as well.
Our Christian faith is so simple, but it is not easy! Yet, God has given us his Word and his Holy Spirit and through Him we will live a life of daily repentance and thankfulness. The prayer today is based on the Third Commandment.Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I praise and thank you that you have given us rest in Jesus and through his Word. Forgive me, Lord, for listening with a distracted mind and heart! Thank you for working in my heart in spite of my negligence! Tomorrow is Sunday and I will again have a chance to worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Give me a heart that believes, a voice that confesses, and a life that gives thanks! Amen.