I'm thankful for the way Mark served us Sunday as we looked at Hebrews and hope you were as challenged and encouraged as I was. Here's the thought that has been echoing through my mind this week: We must look beyond the present to the future and we must look beyond the visible to the invisible.
I wonder what this looks like in our lives. Do our lives show that we are looking beyond the present to the future? Do our lives evidence that we value that which is unseen (namely Christ) above that which is seen?
There should be aspects of our lives that are inexplicable apart from the reality that we treasure Christ above all and are looking forward to the heavenly reward of enjoying Him forever. The way we work, the way we spend our money, the way we spend our time, the way relate to others- literally everything should reflect that our heart's are transfixed on Christ.
So here's a question that you may be asking yourself at this point: What if our lives show that we value temporal things far too much? What if you don't see a whole lot of evidence of a Christ-centered perspective in your life?
For most of us, the temptation when we see evidence of a distorted perspective is to try to change the evidence. We tend to jump immediately to fix the symptom rather than the cause of the sickness. We want to make changes in our lives so that it appears as if we value Christ. We want to live radically so we can feel better about ourselves and look like people full of faith.
Yet this is not what Scripture or the book of Hebrews calls us to. Instead the author of Hebrews puts Christ and His all-sufficient work before us and calls us to fix our eyes on Him. It calls us to cling not to what our lives look like but to the deep and profound reality of Christ's once-for-all work on our behalf.
As we again behold Christ- as we fix our attention and our affections on Him, by God's grace our faith will began to thrive. We will begin to value Christ above all and we will begin to live in ways that unmistakably reflect the reality that He is our eternal treasure.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV)