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Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:1-4
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. Hebrews 3:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:1-3
Where is Jesus in our lives? That’s the question that Ian Hamilton puts to us in The Faith-Shaped Life.
The author to Hebrews was writing to a group of believers who had gotten side-tracked. They put other things before the Lord, becoming dull of hearing (heb 5:11), they were starting to submit to the pressure of giving up Christianity and returning to Judaism, (heb 10), and were no longer putting Christ first in all things. The author wanted to put a stop to such things so he urged them to remember their first love… CHRIST. They had stopped considering our Lord and Saviour and needed to remember where they should first look.
Make a resolution?
Shouldn’t this be a resolution that we make? To be more deliberate about looking to Christ? To consider what he would want before we consider our ownselves?
Yesterday in our Heidelberg reading the lad and I were going over how Jesus is our perfect high priest, King and Prophet. If that’s what he is, shouldn’t we think of him as we live our daily lives? Shouldn’t it matter greatly to us what he thinks, or might have to say about the matters at hand? Shouldn’t we then make him our first priority?
Not an easy thing you know, to refocus one’s thoughts. It’s so easy to just get about the daily task of living, to forget something that isn’t right in front of our faces. AH, I feel convicted as I write these words, I need to seek after the Lord, to talk to him before I start out on my daily events. Let him in on the details and plans and see where he would take me in my journeys. This I then resolve, consider the Lord in my daily life all the more. Make him matter.
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