Our Heart-His Home

I got up early this morning and joined the Larimer County Republicans for breakfast. They invited me to come and share my experiences with West Nile Virus and some of the lessons learned over the past year. I enjoyed meeting the people, speaking to the group and will join them again in the future.

I still find it interesting how my energy and strength level can ebb and flow. That seems part of the adjustment at this point in my recovery. When I have several days of good strength and energy, it is hard to face a day or two when energy and strength wane. I try to make my focus to do what I can with the energy I have and to be flexible with some of the inconsistencies. Debbie is so good to pay attention to how I am doing and making sure that I am not overdoing it and encouraging me to use my energy resources wisely.

This afternoon I also had a visit from my palliative care nurse. She was checking up on what had happened since the last time she saw me. She is going to follow up with some of my specialty doctors to establish a consistent plan of action for the future regarding my reoccurring infections and my overall health and recovery.

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY “…consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house…Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son.  And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope…”  Hebrews 3:1,2,6 (ESV)

The Book of Hebrews shows how Christ and the gospel provide a “better” avenue to relationship with God. In chapter 3, Jesus is shown to be “better” than Moses. On the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17) Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus. As they spoke a voice spoke saying, “This is My Beloved Son listen to Him.” After that the disciples saw only Jesus.

I like the writer of Hebrews call to just “consider” Jesus. That is a relevant challenge for people today. Examine, take a close look at Jesus. What He did, who He is and what He accomplished in obedience to the Father’s will.

Jesus is referred to as the “apostle and high priest” of our confession. An apostle is one appointed by God, who establishes the work of God. A “high priest” is one who offered sacrifices for the sins of the people and was the mediator between God and the people.

Our confession of sin to Jesus our High Priest provides a confidence in our hope for the future that God has promised and planned for those who love Him. Christ has been given authority over God’s house and we are part of His house through our faith in Christ. Through that step of faith we open our heart to be God’s home and we are assured that we have a home in God’s heavenly house.

Robert Woodson speaking at the chapel service of the Western Conservative Summit put it well when he said,

If our problem was education, God would have sent a teacher….

If our problem was understanding the universe, God would have sent a scientist

If our problem was related to history, God would have sent an historian

If our problem was one of politics, God would have sent a politician

But our problem was sin, so God sent a Savior!