Sanctuaries are called sanctuaries for a reason. People fleeing from danger find refuge and shelter in a sanctuary. Literally, “sanctuary” means a sacred or holy place.
As strange as it might sound, you can be a sanctuary for someone else. In saying this I don’t mean to suggest that people can climb into your chest for a rest. It’s based on Hebrews 3:6: “we are [God’s] house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”
As a part of God’s house—and a “holy” part of God’s house at that (see verse 1)—we can be a place of refuge or shelter for others in our relationships with them.
A non-judgmental ear. An understanding posture. A heart of love. A place where it is okay to be honest.
People need sanctuary in a world that seems increasingly fearful and dangerous.
Be that valuable place of sanctuary for others.
–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon based on Hebrews 3:1-6 and is called Displaced Persons. Click here to watch or listen.
–My latest podcast is a bible study called “The Pulse of God’s House, and holding firmly to our confidence and hope.” Click here to listen, or look for ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ wherever you subscribe to podcasts: iTunes (Apple), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.