Thoughts from this week's meditations, this morning's sermon:
In Hebrews 12:1-2, the author has finished taking time telling of great saints of the past, folks with faithfulness that stands out from the crowd. And now, "since we have such a great cloud of witnesses" to God's great faithfulness, we are called upon to press on. We're to drop the things that hold us back, and instead we are to press on to what God is calling us towards: Himself.
- Later in Hebrews 12, we're also told that instead of being scared of going to a dreadful mountain like the Hebrews - where touching the mountain would lead to stoning - we are being called to a living and holy mountain, Mt. Zion, the new Jerusalem, made up of living stones, of the brotherhood of believers.
- In Ephesians 2, Paul talks of us being "living stones" for the temple being built as a habitation for Christ. And again in 1 Peter, we are commended to be built into a dwelling place for Christ.
- From all of this, I'm not supposed to be looking forward to the place being prepared for me, as much as I'm supposed to be participating in the building going on right here and right now - we are being prepared for Him.
- Back to Hebrews 12. We are gathering at a living mountain, surrounded by the saints. First of all, am I surrounding myself with "faithful witnesses" who will be my "living mountain" (in FINAL QUEST by Rick Joyner, the Mountain of God is called "the unity of the saints")? And on top of that, are the people around me - those closest to me, able to see me and know me and get close to me - are they "faithful witnesses" of what God is doing in me? Put another way, am I living for Christ in a way that the people around me are being changed, too?
Just pondering this stuff...