As you track through the book of Hebrews Jesus is given all the praise and glory. But then in chapter 3, verse 6 we learn that “we are [God’s] house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” Further, we are “holy brothers and sisters” in that house (verse 1).
In that moment, we are caught up in the radiance of Jesus, as his church, because he has made us and given us such incredible value and purpose.
It’s helpful to think through how we are in fact God’s house. One of the functions of God’s house through the ages has been as a school house. Therefore, as God’s house (albeit a house which is living, moving and breathing), we seek to learn and live God’s word.
This benefits us, of course, but it also benefits other people.
As we learn and live God’s word—even as the imperfect and wobbly creatures we are prone to be—the eternally relevant and powerful wisdom of God blesses others through us as members of God’s very house.
Consider these teachings which, when learned, internalized, and practiced, can’t not positively impact others:
-“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
-“Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44).
-“Be holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
-Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
People need learning and wisdom to navigate the way forward in a world of increasing confusion, deception and distraction.
Godly learning has a ripple effect which blesses—and will bless—people you may never even see. Just ask the generations of faithful people upon whose shoulders we now stand.
So be that valuable place of learning which benefits not only you, but others… and for years to come.
–Today’s devotional is thematically connected to my sermon from October 3, 2021: “Displaced Persons.”
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.