Last weekend, a group of women from CAC got up early on Saturday morning to attend the SMBC Women’s Conference. The topic was ‘Run for Your Life’ which looked at how the book of Hebrews encourages us to finish the race and inherit all that God has promised.
After enjoying a scrumptious brunch and much-needed caffeine hit, we were excited to spend a whole day meditating on God’s Word in the presence of Christian women all across Sydney.
The common thread in all three talks was the importance of persevering in our faith, because Jesus is greater than anything this world can offer.
Hebrews 1 tells us that Jesus is the Superior Son, the Sustainer of the universe…He is God! Therefore, we need to trust God’s Word and paying attention to it, so that we are not swayed by the loud and distracting messages of our world.
The second talk covered Hebrews 6, which affirms that God’s promise is a sure thing and our hope is certain. When we live in light of this promise, we produce evidence of love for God and His people.
By the afternoon when our brains (and stomachs) were very full at this point, the last talk brought home the unshakeable promise of a better future painted in Hebrews 12. On Judgement Day, God will ‘shake the heavens and earth’ and all that remains is His kingdom and not man-made things. Therefore, we need to actively pursue holiness so that we don’t drift away, by submitting to all of God’s Word, and spurring on each other to finish the race.
As we stepped outside the SMBC hallway into the real world, the call for us to live as God’s holy people is cemented in our hearts.
“Learned so much today! Struck by Hebrews 1:3 – Jesus sustains the universe by the mighty power of His command.” – Brenda
“Convicted to fix our eyes on Jesus, the forever High Priest! Deeply moved by the perseverance of a missionary in Tanzania from dealing with Cobra snakes, scorpions on her 1 year old to facing terminal cancer. Also, what a joy to be worshipping alongside people who were singing in AUSLAN.” –Amy
“I am reminded that Jesus is the better messenger, high priest and better everything we know. While knowing this fact, I found it slightly reassuring to hear that everyone drifts away from God naturally, and that I’m not the only one who tends to be swayed by the temptations of this world.
The race we run is a marathon, but if we don’t reach the finish line, it’s as if we didn’t do the race at all. There is no in between.
I’m thankful for the brothers and sisters in Christ that can run the race along with me, knowing I won’t be in it alone. Praying that we can continue to spur each other on, encouraging each other and keeping us on track as we live life together.” – Jennifer