Today’s blog, written by Pastor Sam Lee of Catalyst Agape Church in New Jersey, was first posted on October 5, 2013.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“My Incredible Worth Before God in Christ”
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
We work hard to open the door of opportunities: high school students spend hours each day doing homework to open the door to a good college; college student go without sleep to open the door to a good job. Once we get a job in a company, we strive and perform to open the door to higher positions and pay.
The Scripture reminds us that the door of heaven is already opened for us through Christ: “…we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…” (v.19). The citizens of heaven (in the present as well as in the future) have a new life; all our past sins are completely forgiven, and we are washed clean from guilt, shame, accusations, and condemnations. The radical love of God is poured down upon us. And it is the power of God that transforms us and gives us the power to disciple nations. Here is the good news: We don’t have to work to get into the Kingdom of God. Our faith in Christ makes us heirs of the Kingdom of God.
So then, let’s take a little breather today and remember what we have in Christ. Let’s confidently walk through the door that has already been opened for us!
Prayer: Lord, constantly remind me of who I am in Christ: I am a beloved child of God for whom the Lord of universe spared no expense to redeem and restore. God, allow that truth to change my outlook and attitude so that I can live in truth, authenticity and love. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 64