In his Break Point Commentary, “Words, Words: The Misuse of Language,” written on September 25, 2001, Chuck Colson wrote, “One thing that our inattention to the precise meaning of words has cost us is language that makes a clear distinction between right and wrong, good and evil. How many times have you heard the word "tragedy" used to characterize what happened on September 11?
But it wasn't a tragedy at all. When a child is accidentally struck by a car, that's a tragedy. When the car deliberately runs down the child, it's murder. Likewise what happened on September 11 wasn't a "tragedy." It was an act of war. Calling it a "tragedy" drains it of moral significance. And this matters because people react differently to a tragedy than they do to an act of war. We can't afford sloppy thinking and therefore we cannot afford sloppy language. Our words must reveal, rather than obscure, the truth.”
The late songwriter, singer, Rich Mullins said, “Sometimes it’s hard to believe that life is good. It’s not always pleasant, but life is a great gift, and your job as a human being is to go out there and live it the best you can. Christianity doesn’t answer all my questions or make me comfortable and happy. What it does do is give me a context for living.”
The early church experienced some dramatic events that continued to change them and the society they lived in. There are some key words we need to take hold of and allow to grip us as well, for in doing so, we will realize the present power of a future possession. Their context for living should also be ours. Simply put, we need to fall in love with our great reward.
Hebrews 10:32-39 (NASB) But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.