To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2015 Issue – ‘Our True Home’, ‘an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you’ (1 Peter 1:4)
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Hebrews 13:7-21 (NIVUK): “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honourably in every way. I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Well, today’s study was interesting, I liked the story about the two ships but I found the reading for today to be far more inspirational. It’s encouraging to know that Jesus equips us with everything good for doing His will, we don’t have to entirely rely on our own resources.
Selwyn introduces the final study of this issue, ‘Our True Home’, as follows: “What is our conclusion as we come to our last day together of reflecting on this thrilling issue of heaven? It must be this: the one thought above all others that should dominate our thinking as we make our way through this alien world is that we are going home. Our final destination is heaven, where we will be with our God forever.”
I rejoice in the true hope that I’m on my way home, following in the footstep of my Lord and Master, Jesus the Christ. It will also be wonderful to be united with you and all the other faithful Christians who are following the same narrow path – towards home.
Any comments on this series of studies that we have been looking at for the past two months?