Maintaining Perspective

It is written by The Holy Spirit in the book of Hebrews chapter 3:

3 And so, dear brothers and sisters, you are now made Holy, and each of you is invited to the feast of your Heavenly calling. So fasten your thoughts fully onto Jesus, whom we embrace as our Apostle and King-Priest. 2 For He was faithful to the Father who appointed Him, in the same way that Moses was a model of faithfulness in what was entrusted to him. 3 But Jesus is worthy to receive a much greater glory than Moses, for the one who builds a house deserves to be honored more than the house he builds. 4 Every house is built by someone, but God is the Designer and Builder of all things.

5 Indeed, Moses served God faithfully in all HE gave him to do. His work prophetically illustrates things that would later be spoken and fulfilled. 6 But Christ is more than a Servant, He was faithful as the Son in charge of God’s house. And now we are part of His house if we continue courageously to hold firmly to our bold confidence and our victorious hope.

Why do I continue to emphasize exalting Jesus on a daily basis?  He is our Apostle and King-Priest and we are directed to fasten our thoughts FULLY on Him.  After all, He is the One and Only Way to Our Heavenly Father.  There is no other who can establish such a relationship.  Moses was simply a prophetic illustration but not the real “thing”.  Moses was simply another piece to the puzzle leading us to Christ.

Jesus solely established you and me as brothers and sisters to Him thus established our Sonship with FATHER.  Some would say they don’t deserve to be placed in such high esteem with FATHER.  That thought is simply false humility and pride.

We have an obligation in our relationship with FATHER and Son to continue courageously to hold firmly to our bold confidence and victorious hope.  “Holding firmly” requires energy and commitment.  The only reason a person would digress is because they are listening to their carnal nature and/or a demon.  Isn’t that what Eve did?

It is further written by The Holy Spirit:

7 This is why the Holy Spirit says,

“If only you would listen to HIS voice this day!

8 Don’t make HIM angry by hardening your hearts,

    like your ancestors did during the days of their rebellion,

    when they were tested in the wilderness.

9 There your fathers tested ME and tried MY patience

    even though they saw MY miracles for forty years

    they still doubted ME!

10 This ignited MY anger with that generation

    and I said about them, ‘They wander in their hearts

    just like they do with their feet,

    and they refuse to learn MY ways.’

11 MY heart grieved over them so I decreed:

    ‘They will never enter into the calming rest of MY Spirit!’ ”

12 So search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray, and make you unresponsive to the living God.

How often should we search our hearts?  Every day, without exception.  We must not allow ourselves to become complacent and drift away from what is truly important to our future.  Is the next TV program, sporting event, or newscast more important than the above urging?  We must determine what actions today will ultimately be beneficial to our future.  Does this mean we can’t be entertained and enjoy recreation?  No, but not at the expense of keeping our hearts fixed on THE LORD.

We are not meant to be passive and do nothing for the Kingdom.  We are to establish the Kingdom in our daily lives but we must maintain our priorities and protect our hearts as we go forth on behalf of the Kingdom.  Each of us can spread the Gospel by our words and acts as we go about our daily activities.  It is all about maintaining perspective.  Simply, don’t allow yourself to grow lukewarm and unresponsive to The Holy Spirit.

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