Jesus Understands, Don’t Give Up!
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
(11) Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (12) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (13) And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.(14) Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (15) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (16) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need
-Hebrews 4:11-16 (NIV)
Here we come to another passage that is just full of things we could study. However, I just want to do a quick devotion style writing to help get your Saturday going.
We are reminded that the meditation on the word of God will cut us to the quick. It will show us where we have messed up and that we are still in need of a savior on a daily basis. It divides our thoughts and shows us where we have become perverted in our thinking and actions. The question is often asked, “Can a Christian’s thoughts become perverted?” The answer is YES. If we allow perverse things to pass before us, it has an influence on how we think and how we act. The old saying goes, “Garbage In, Garbage Out!”
So the writer of Hebrews reminds us that our lives should be filled with perseverance. We should not be weary in well doing, but should continue to live a just and holy life (see “Christians Are Supposed To Be Different Than They Are“) We should guard or hearts and minds. Remembering that Christ will not put more on us than we can handle, under the power of the Holy Spirit, but will guide us into the paths of righteousness; that is if we are actually His children.
Jesus said to count the cost for following Him (c.f Luke 14:28). In our churches we have made it too easy (pardon my word choice). We don’t tell people that they will have trouble in this life if they become a Christian (see “Christian, You Will Suffer“). We don’t tell them that it will cost them everything to follow Christ, but that what they will gain is much better anyway. No, the church is in the habit of telling people all will be GREAT if they come to Christ. We make them believe that they will have no trouble. Just say the “magic words” (sinner’s prayer) and you are good to go! That is not the case! It takes a surrender of all that you are to all that God has given through His Son and knowing what it is you are doing; so that when trouble comes you won’t be surprised and leave the church. People must know what it is they are doing, they must count the cost (my rant is now over).
That being said, we have a mediator with God. Jesus. He is our mediator, a high priest who has lived amongst us and knows our problems and our sorrows. This section shows us two things.
- We must let God’s Word show us where we have made mistakes and allow our sins to become bare before ourselves in prayer to God, submitting all that we are to Him.
- Because of Christ’s work on the cross we can obtain mercy for our misdeeds before His throne. Oh how wonderful it is to know that God doesn’t just show us how depraved we truly are before Him, but provides a way of cleansing and restoration for us before His throne.
What about you today? Have you given up everything to follow Christ? When you gave your life to Him did your thoughts become changed? Did you notice a difference take place in your life? If not then maybe you didn’t put your trust in Jesus, but in some “magical words.” Have you grown weary in well-doing? Maybe you need to just repent and ask God for new vigor today. Examine yourself today to see where you stand. What will you do? The choice is yours.