Hebrews 3:1 (ESV)
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,”

Do you consider yourself a believer? In our study verse above, the writer of Hebrews speaks of a “heavenly calling” shared. Who and what is he referring to? It is about those who believe in Jesus and share in the same destiny—the promise of eternal life.

But there’s a condition later on. In verse Hebrews 3:6, it talks of “holding fast”. Unfortunately, a lot of people may read in to this that it must mean that I will get to heaven only if I pray enough, or do enough good works, or go to church every week, and so on. And that’s just not the case.

When we start thinking this way, we get trapped into thinking that we must do something to earn our salvation, which goes directly against Scripture (Ephesians 2:8-9). Our heavenly calling is already there for us, we just have not made the final journey yet.

It is not about works, not about striving to do good, not about anything tied to our performance. It’s about belief. Do you believe or not? That is all God asks: Do you believe in my Son and what He did for you? If yes, your eternal security is done. You will have eternal life if you believe.

If you read further in Hebrews 3:12 you see this concept reiterated again. And as an example of the opposite, look at Hebrews 3:16-19 where the writer speaks of the generation in the Wilderness who wandered 40 years only to die because of what? Their unbelief.

The generation that died in the desert did not do so because of any violation of the law, but rather their refusal to believe in God. Remember back in Numbers 13:30-33 where the ten spies basically told Moses, “There is no way we can conquer this land, there are giants living in well-fortified cities!” Only Caleb and Joshua said, “we will trust God to deliver the land to us”.

God became angry because of their disbelief, and their fate was sealed in Numbers 14:21-24. As we see in Hebrews 3:11-12, the writer is confirming the same thing. Falling away from God is not because of a work you didn’t do or a sin you committed, but it is because you abandoned your faith and have gone from believing to unbelieving. It’s not about “did I pray enough?” or “do I read my Bible enough?” It's about no longer believing in the promises of God.

It’s all about whether you believe or not. You cannot enter God’s rest with an unbelieving heart (Hebrews 3:19).

But what about James 2:17? Don't we need good works too? Only to show a heart that truly has been transformed. Good works show a faith that is true.

Don’t diminish the work of Christ by basing your salvation on your performance. Trust God and His Word.

Just believe.