Happy Monday fellow OBterns! I got the privilege of being assigned to some chapters of Hebrews that are such a great reminder that Jesus should ALWAYS be the center of our affection and attention. Here are three main points that really stuck out to me:
1. Christ is greater than EVERYTHING.
Throughout Hebrews,the author discusses how no high priest will ever surpass the greatness of Jesus. The author encourages his audience to see Jesus as so much greater than even the highest priest of the time. What I took this as is that we should see Jesus as so much greater than ANYTHING [school, parties, etc]. Coming off of Bigstuf a couple of days ago, our students and even we are feeling that Bigstuf high. This feeling makes us feel so close to God because our heads are filled with the truth that God’s way is greater than any other way. However, this feeling starts to fade once we start prioritizing worldly things over our Savior. There is a verse at the end of Hebrews 4 that encourages us to cling to our faith and to fight for Jesus, whom we know has saved us and been through the same temptation we have. [Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-160]
2. We don’t have to be perfect.
Hebrews 5:8-9 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
So we know that we should honor God before anything else. But sometimes we feel as if we aren’t worthy of doing so.
Thats all wrong. Jesus was made perfect and became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Did that verse say he became eternal salvation for all who are perfect??? No! It said Jesus was made perfect so that we can be saved through him! And if thats not reassuring, I’m not sure what is. So we need to drop those standards for ourselves that say we have to be at a certain level of holy before we can approach God. God calls you to COME AS YOU ARE.
3. Train Hard and Run Well.
Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
“we do not want you to become lazy”. Well thats a pretty high demand for a bunch of college age students. And not becoming extremely lazy when it comes to our faith can seem impossible, but the study notes for this verse say “Hope keeps the Christian from becoming lazy or feeling bored. Like an athlete, train hard and run well…” And then they say something profound, “… remembering the reward that lies ahead“.
I love this. Remember the reward that lies ahead. That reward being LOVE. PEACE. SALVATION. GRACE. MERCY. JOY. All of God’s promises! If you really do what the study notes say and remember the reward that lies ahead, there is no excuse for being lazy. Theres no excuse for not chasing after Jesus with your whole heart. Theres no excuses for putting anything before God.
CHRIST IS ENOUGH! That reward that lies ahead is ENOUGH! Theres no reason to get off that Bigstuf high! Keep reminding your students of the truth that there is nothing greater than the life God promises and that the end result is amazing. Lets keep ourselves and our students on fire.
Love you guys!