Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hebrews 12

   Last night I hunkered down for bed early. This means that I went to bed before 1:30 a.m. (which has become my normal bed time the last few weeks). I happened to read Hebrews 12 before I passed on into the dream world.
  I'm just going to go ahead and mention now that this chapter just seemed to literally leap of the page. I was hanging on every word. I was rereading sentences. I was finding the content matter to be speaking so directly to my inside. Even now, I'm not sure if I have pin pointed the exact reason why. Here are some things that struck me as so amazing and encouraging last night, my head propped up with two pillows, reading by lamplight. 

  • As it stands, Hebrews 12:2 has to be one of my favorite verses ever. But, I just love the imagery in this verse as it talks about the joy set before Christ. We were that joy to Him. That we can be called children of God. Awesome.

  • Vs. 5-11 speaks of God's discipline in our lives. This sounds heavy, I know. But, I couldn't help but feel encouraged by these verses as I have often felt the last few months that God has been doing a work on my heart. On my attitude. On how I view purpose. On how I worship Him. He disciplines us like a father. He refines us. He strips things away piece by piece that we shall gain from it.  "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it" (Hebrews 12:11). I often wonder why, when I go through trials of life, I choose not to see it as the refinement of my character for the sake of Jesus? 

  • Vs. 22-25. All I can say about these verses is: "Praise God." He has made a better way for us. He has carved a path. Because of that though, there is a responsibility: to hear and take action

  • Vs. 28-29. "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." First of all, everything on this earth,  even our bodies can be shaken. These things can be removed. Time breaks these things down. But, I just think it is awesome that Christ cannot be shaken and he bought that for me (and you) on the cross. So, what should my response be? Thanksgiving. Worship that has absolutely nothing to do with me. Humbleness. Wonder. Christ should consume all of me. Down to every last plan and thought and dream and life goal and the words that come out of my mouth. I should be absorbed by Jesus.

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