Thursday, September 22, 2016

Timeless Gifts

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Two questions: Have you ever thought about what heaven is like? If you were given the task to create heaven according to your specifications, what would you include to make it heavenly?

At first, it might seem easy to answer. Perhaps several things popped into your mind right away. But after a few minutes of serious thought, you realize how hard it is to think of things that would give eternal satisfaction and endless joy. That’s because we spend a lot of time pursuing things and relationships here on earth, only to find out they weren't what we really wanted after all—they weren’t timeless.

Think about that gift you just couldn’t live without. You played with it, or wore it, or used it for the first few weeks, but soon tired of it. After that, it got pushed to the back of the closet or sent to the storage shed. Our problem is that, left to ourselves, we don’t know what we really want. 

That is one of the many reasons we have a great High Priest on the throne of grace. Nothing is hidden from Him; everything is open and bare before Him [see Hebrews 4:13]. Let me say it this way, Jesus knows what we really need, even when we don’t recognize what that might be. Not only that, He lovingly invites us to draw near the throne of grace to get help when we need it [see Hebrews 4:16]. 

You can rest assured that the faithful High Priest knows what you need the most. His are timeless gifts, because He is fitting you for the heaven He has already prepared.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:13-16

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