Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Hebrews 3:1(NIV)
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus...
During times of transition, it's easy for me to take my eyes off of God--putting worship to the side and making life and my prayers about me, my circumstances and the next thing. Over and over again, especially during times that break up my established rhythms, my eyes wander away from Jesus and my heart's focus shifts to that which I think needs immediate attention. I've been in ministry long enough to know I'm not alone in this, even among pastors. If I'm honest, my Bible tally of consecutive-days-read pales in comparison to others. I'm not proud of this. It's the truth. Why? Perhaps worry creeps in? Maybe it's sin? Perhaps I avoid going to God because of shame or feeling like He will ask me to do another "hard thing". Overall, in times of transition most often the temptation which I fall into is to look to myself for answers instead of looking to Jesus, the Savior.
In the first few chapters of the book, the writer of Hebrews makes much of Jesus to a Jewish audience who have experienced transition after transition for thousands of years yet lack acceptance and understanding of Jesus as Savior. The writer points the Jewish community, and us to "the heir of all things", to the one through whom God "made the universe", to the one that is "superior to angels", "the pioneer" of our salvation, the one who "suffered when he was tempted" being able to "help those who are being tempted [now]." Throughout the book, the writer makes it clear that Jesus is worthy of worship at all times.
Jesus is approachable. He gets it, and is patient with folks like me (and you). When we seek Him, we find Him because He's dependable, faithful--all the things that make Him a good God. Chapter four ends with one of the most comforting sentences in all of scripture, "Let us...approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need." Thank God!
Question to consider this week: In what ways can you invite Jesus into this moment with you?
Action step: Fast from worry today. Consider limiting your exposure to the news or social media, just for a day. Today, when you are tempted to worry, worship instead. Use your mouth, your thoughts, and your gifts to declare to God How good He is and has been.
Prayer: Jesus, I repent of any self-sufficiency that may have crept its way into my heart. I confess that I need you. Thank you for your faithfulness. Lord, help me to worship you even in these days. Help me to fix my thoughts and heart on you.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)