Shared Holiness

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45


What an encouraging verse we find in Luke 1:45. It doesn’t say: Blessed is she whom the Lord fulfilled his promises to her. It says: Blessed is she, who believes. Who believes that he will fulfill what he has promised. 




It is not easy at times to hang on to those promises. There might be something so dear to your heart, that you believed once is a promise by God. But you cannot see the promise come true yet. It might be a spouse you are longing for or a dream job. The reconciliation of family members or the cure of a disease. Whatever it is: Do not give up. Blessed are you if you believe! 


There is no point in giving up believing! 


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” 

Hebrews 12:1-3


The writer of the letter to the Hebrews gives us a clear understanding of our task: Persevere! Keep going! Trust! See beyond what your natural eyes can see!


Keep your eyes on Jesus. Do not lose heart!


Furthermore, he describes: 


„God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

Hebrews 12:10-13


Discipline is a good thing! It is not pleasant, yet it is good. We grow when we learn discipline. I’ve learnt the most valuable life lessons during the season of discipline. When everything seemed out of control and just too hard. But every training is hard. Working out is hard, training on the job is hard. Marriage counsel can be challenging. During labour, when your uterus is „training” muscle contractions, the feeling is not pleasant at all. But the reward is outrageous. Holding that baby in your hands makes you feel like superwoman. 


God has the best intentions for us. He loves us. And he cares for us. And you can be sure that he sees you. 


Remember this: Blessed is she who believed. 


Blessed are you, who believes!