Tuesday, December 6th, 2022
We’re called to be faithful with what God has given us, and in this Christmas time and end of year time, most of us have thoughts on giving as well as changes we want to make next year. What is particularly helpful, I believe, in this time of year is a passage from Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews, in chapter 3, contrasts Moses and Jesus and the roles they played in the establishment of God’s house (a.k.a His Kingdom). He draws a contrast that Moses was a faithful servant throughout the whole house while Jesus was the owner of God’s house. Such a contrast reminds us that we are all part of creation meant to serve the Lord with what we have. What that means is that God knows we are not able to be perfect or sinless in life as Jesus was: we will make mistakes along the way. But what is important to God is our willingness to be faithful to what He has given us — our blessings and our purpose. So, whatever past failings or sin have held you back from giving the Lord all of yourself, joining in His Kingdom mission, let them go. Jesus is over the house because he lived the sinless life and paid the ultimate price to release you from your past before God. In Christ Jesus, there is now no condemnation. Just like Moses, who certainly had his own sin and mistakes like us, live in faithful service to the Lord.
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” — Hebrews 3:1-6 NIV