Slightly Obsessed #192: Heaven Is Calling: Consider Jesus by Pamela Thorson on 2017-08-09 09:08:52
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.” Hebrews 3:1
Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
Heaven is calling.
In his letter to the Jewish community, the writer of the book of Hebrews addressed a large group comprised of both believers in Christ and those who may have been drawn to the message of the Messiah but had not committed their lives to Him. Then and today, it also speaks powerfully to both the Gentile believer who has been adopted into the family of God through Jesus’ sacrifice and to the earnest seeker of eternal life.
The letter presents a powerful case for the preeminence of Christ over Moses. It describes His priesthood over the children of God, and it explains how the Messiah fulfilled the old covenant with His people, instituting a new one written in His blood. In Hebrews 11, the stirring “faith chapter,” he explains the concept of faith, recounts the exploits of the Old Testament heroes and heroines of faith, and challenges the reader to join its ranks.
To each of us, he presents his case for Christ and issues this call: Consider Jesus.
If you’ve never believed in Him, it is crucial to understand His claims and consider the God-man Jesus Christ before you shut down the voice in your soul. You need to know this Man. Whether you are rich or poor, well or suffering, feeling loved or alone, if you don’t know Him, you are lost. You live in peril for your soul, and His is an urgent call to eternal life with Him and all that salvation brings.
If you already know Him, you realize that Jesus takes seriously your decision to follow Him. Your moment of salvation was not the endpoint but the genesis of a new life, opening the door to an adventure culminating in full revelation when you stand before His majesty. Then you will understand what you once had to accept by faith.
Until that day, God will continue to call you deeper and deeper into the hard lessons and rich abundance of His grace. He will keep challenging you to live stronger for Him. And in every trial, every joy, every step of this life, you will move forward toward the sound of His call deep in your soul.
If you take the time to consider Jesus in every decision you make and with every breath you take, victory will always be yours.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, released in 2014. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
If nothing else good should happen to us except salvation, it is enough to fill our every moment with His praise.
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