Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thurs., 4/28/16 Devotion (Heb. 3:1-2)

Today's encouragement comes from Hebrews 3:1 & 2, where we read these words:

"Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apo-stle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house."

Remaining faithful over the long haul is not an easy thing to do. Most people who start off on the Christian journey, eventually end up giving up the fight. The key to perseverance is never found within us, but always and only in the Object of the true believer's love and devotion: the Lord Jesus Christ.

This was why Moses was able to endure to the end: because he never lost sight of Christ. Is Jesus our "Apostle," the One who fulfilled the mission of re-demption? Is He our "High Priest," the One whose atonement cleanses us? If so, then we will, by grace, remain in Him. But this is all of God's sovereign do-ing. The Lord alone gets the glory for it.

[Puritan quote of the day: "The remembrance of past goodness is very helpful for present encouragement. This rule David followed in Ps. 42:6: 'O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore will I remember You from the land of Jordan.’ “ —Christopher Love, in, "The Dejected Soul's Cure"]