Devotion: Jesus >Me

Devotion: Jesus >Me
Hebrews 3:1–6

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

  • Jesus and Moses had something in common. They accomplished the calling that God the Father had called them to.

For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after…

Moses is the house. Jesus built the house.
We are the house. God built the house.

What is the house? Well- It’s a picture. A picture of what some have called “the household of faith.” God is building this house- this group of people who believe in and follow Him.

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Hebrews 3:1–6)

The point is just like the builder is greater than the house, Jesus is greater than the household of faith that He is building. Jesus is greater than us!

Application:
There are some men and women of faith who have been greatly used by God, but they’re not Jesus. There have been lots of Moses’ and still are. There have been great leaders who trusted in God and were used by him. Sometimes we are still tempted to make too big of a deal over people. It may be the “celebrity pastor” or the guy at your work that has had a huge impact on you. We’ve got to keep your eyes on Jesus more than on men.

You and I exist for Jesus. He does not exist for us. How do you know if you are tending to believe that God exists for you?
– How many of your prayers are requests only?
– Do you pray only when you’re in crisis or need something?
– Do you tend to ask God what He wants in your decisions or do you just ask God to bless the decisions that you are making?

The answer to these questions has too often been wrong in my life. I exist for Him because He is greater than me.

Heavenly Father,
Please help me not make a bigger deal about me, or other men than I do for you. I confess to you this morning that You are greater than anything! I am so thankful for Your Son and the house that you have built and are building. I love you! Amen.

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Accountable to God: Day 51

 

March 20, 2012
Today’s Text: Hebrews 1:1-3
Today’s Key Thought:
God has revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

“God, who at sundry…prophets”- In the Old Testament God chose to speak through prophets.  These prophets message was “thus saith the Lord.”  They spoke on His behalf.

 

“Hath in these last days….Son”– Think about this:  When God spoke through the prophets, He was choosing to speak through men.  When Jesus came, God became a man.  Jesus was God revealing Himself to us in human form.

 

“Who being…high”- The God who created everything came, revealed himself to us, and then died on the cross to pay for our sins.  When it was all complete He sat down at the right hand of God the Father.

 

Application:

 

God didn’t just tell us what to know and believe.  He came and showed us what we should know and believe.  He died for our sins, and everything that needs to happen for your sin and mine to be paid for has been completed.  Have you received his payment for your sins?  When was the last time you thanked Him for revealing Himself to you?


Christ and Christmas

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

What is the writer saying?

How does this truth change your life?

Voices: the Church


Devotion for Monday, December 5

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

As We continue this week with our Voices series, we’re going to look at voices that should be in our lives.

Today’s text tells us that one group of peole we need in our life is others in the church.  The word translated church can be literally translated “assembly” and speaks in this context of a local assembly of baptized belivers who assemble to worship God, learn from God’s Word, fellowship together and develop relationships where we can “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works”.  There is no replacement for the church in your life.  You need the voices of fellow brothers and sisters who know you and love you, and will encourage you to do and be who God’s called you to be.
The writer says this is why it’s important to be there when the church assembles.  You need the preaching, teaching, fellowship and encouragment that only church can provide.
Application:
Are you connected to our church to the degree that you have been provoked to love and good works?  Have you encouraged others to love and good works?   Are you skipping services thinking that it’s no big deal?  You need to be there every chance you get.