The Joy in Responsibility
(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)
Don’t Be Like Those Guys
Reminder from verses 1-6: Jesus is greater than Moses Jesus made Moses Jesus is God Jesus is the Son and Heir Verse 6… We are His household IF, We hold fast in Hope. Therefore, (picking up in verse 7) Don’t be like those who didn’t enter the Promise land. Psalm 95:8-11 (Used as a call to worship in the days of worship at the Temple) Verse 7 – 11: These people: a. Heard the voice of God b. Was motivated to follow c. Saw God’s mighty works d. Had unbelieving hearts e. Didn’t make it in the end LIFE APPLICATION: Living daily in Christ is all important. Without the Bible we drift away from God. Do not treat the Grace of God with contempt. Do not try to fix your behavior, just fall in love with Jesus!
Watchman Nee is one of my favorite authors. His book, The Normal Christian Life, summarizes in Biblical detail what is “normal” for a Christian. I had only one problem when I finished reading…my normal day didn’t match the normal Christian life I had just read about. My normal day was a lot more me and fell far short of Galatians 2:20;
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I remember thinking after the first few pages, “I need to fix my normal day!” However, by the end of the book Nee lovingly and firmly brought to light what needed fixing. It wasn’t my outward actions, it was my heart. The truth is, Jesus isn’t only the Savoir that died for me; He’s not only the Savior that rose for my justification; He is the Savior that dwells within me. He is a present Help. He is constant Friend. We abide together! Today, and every day I spend on this planet is a day I need to be dead to self and alive in Christ!
And so, we pick up tomorrow, Wednesday January 8th: 11:45am and 6:00pm, in the Word and pray our hearts melt in its truth and mold our normal Christian life.
I heard a statistic regarding the average American and new years resolutions…only 8% of us keep any one of the resolutions on our list. In other words, if you have 10 resolutions there is only an 8% chance you will keep even 1 of the 10. If you have ever wondered why depression is so wide spread in our culture, look no further than your list of abandoned resolutions.
The problem with New Year’s resolutions is they call for “external change” and give no regard to the power by which external change takes place. May I suggest that unless your heart change, external change is not sustainable.
I know of no other agent of change for the heart and soul of a person than the Word of God. That said, I offer the only list of resolutions necessary:
- May I love and adore the Word of God and the portrait of Jesus Christ it paints.
- May my adoration of Jesus be manifest to the world around me.
Please join us as we continue our study of the book of Hebrews this Wednesday; 11:45am and 6:00pm.