Even though we we speak like this, dear friends, we confident of better things in your case -- things that accompany salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:9-10
I am often analyzing people who claim to be Christians but may not speak or act in the way I expect, and it is easy to become a doubter when I don't see or hear what I am looking for. The writer of Hebrews seems to evaluate the recipients of the letter as needing exhortation to live the Christian life in the midst of persecution. For example, in 12:1 he says to run with endurance the Christian race. Well, they are in the race, and the writer is confident of this "better thing". They will run the race doing good deeds, a "better thing". Even if they haven't done much lately (not true, if they are continuing to help believers, as 6:10 suggests) God will remember what they have done. These are all optimistic, hopeful comments. Maybe I should be a little more optimistic and hopeful when I wonder if a particular person is really in the race.
A Pilgrim's Progress (Keep Runnin') - Matt Papa