URC Daily Devotion Saturday 31st October 2020
Saturday 31st October 2020 – Hebrews – Christ Higher than Moses
Hebrews 3: 1 – 6
Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also ‘was faithful in all God’s house.’ Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honour than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.
In this passage we are reminded to give Jesus, as one who is to be revered, the glory, and also to give God the ultimate glory as the creator of all things. Mention is made of being ‘faithful’ to God and of having confidence, pride and hope.
I Googled the word ‘faithful’ and words such as: loyal, constant, steadfast, resolute, firm in adherence, and unwavering regardless of extenuating circumstances, were used; such strong powerful and positive words reflecting the God we seek to serve.
In recent months, positivity and confidence have been lacking as we reflect on, the impact of the pandemic, on the actions of some of those in power and on the unrest caused by inhumane treatment of our fellow human beings. Many of the emotions that we are sharing across the world are anything but positive. At times, it is easier and feels more familiar to stay in the negative, thereby enabling us to connect on the latest thing to worry about.
But by focussing on God, we can drag ourselves out of this negativity. We can regain confidence; confidence that all these worldly occurrences are happening for a reason, potentially to encourage us to be a source of light in a troubled world- a world that quite frankly needed a reboot; a world that needed us to focus on HIM and the hope that he instills in us. But this can be a challenge.
But I have hope; hope that we, as Christians across the world, can start a movement of positivity in our daily interactions and conversations focussing on the elements of Joy, Peace, and Love that this time of ‘re-set’ has brought about, thus reflecting the very qualities that we see in our God.
God of Faith and Hope, lead us to better times;
Let your Love spread rapidly and uncontrollably across the world;
Give us the confidence to inject positivity into our everyday encounters and to infect all who we come into contact with, with your Joy and Love.