Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 39 Day 2
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Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
The actions described here seem at once simple and straight forward. Draw near, let our heats be sprinkled that is with the blood of Jesus Christ, let our bodies be washed, that is baptism, Hold on to hope, consider how and when to best spur others toward doing good, meet together, that is the “local” church, and finally encouraging one another. Why should we do these things? Read the clauses that begin with “since we have”. Then read the final sentence, and know that the “Day (of the Lord) is fast approaching. Surely we have seen the prophetic statement of Jesus and the apostles coming true through all of the time since the Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord. He does not tarry. He is waiting fo us to fulfill his final commands to “Go and make disciples of all nations.
Recently I identified a big problem in my own approach to the obedience I listed above. I have been conditioned by many factors in my life to think “globally” to the detriment of what is going on all around me. Our attention to local needs, simple kindnesses in times of crisis and difficulty are exactly what the Lord wishes us to attend to. Yes, be mission minded, but do not forget the need right in front of your face.