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November 20 | Hebrews 3:1-6

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REFLECTION


Who's the Builder?

by Mary Alice McGinnis


What if we pictured our life as a building under construction? Not just any building, but a house, a home, a dwelling place? Who would you want preparing the plans for the construction?

Who would you choose to execute those plans?

Moses had been invited into such a calling to build. He was called a faithful servant of God’s house. This verse from the book of Numbers is quoted in today’s reading:


“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” Numbers 12:7


The book of Numbers was primarily focused on taking a census of the households of the Israelites, those numbered among the people of God. (See Numbers 1:1-2)


God’s people, the Israelites, had no permanent home and were wandering around in the desert after being rescued from slavery in Egypt. But God came to dwell with them by resting on the Holy of Holies, in the tabernacle. Moses was appointed as God’s messenger and the mediator between God and His people.


In one sense, Moses was God’s servant in the tabernacle, which was God’s house - His dwelling place. In another sense, he was servant of God’s household - His family, His people.


Yet Moses was only a SERVANT of God, the Master builder. But Jesus is the SON of the builder! God the Father had such an important message of His love for us, that He had to send His Son, Jesus, as His messenger, as the ultimate Apostle and ambassador. In addition, Jesus was also the ultimate High Priest, who willingly laid down His own life as a bloody sacrifice to God the Father in payment for our sins. Enthroned now at God’s right hand, He continually intercedes for us. Now, take a moment and zoom out your view of your life. See now that you are not a standalone building. You are a part of God’s bigger picture. You are His mansion that is being built up together and will last for eternity.


You are partakers of ALL the household of God, the family of the Creator of the Universe, which is being built together into His holy habitation, with Jesus as the solid, unshakeable foundation.

"You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."

1 Peter 2:5

When life seems to get us down, when things seem to be spiraling out of control, when evil seems to be winning the day, when you are tired and weary, the invitation from God’s Word today is this:

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. Hebrews 3:1


And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3


 

PRAYER PRACTICE


Breath Prayer – Take 2-3 minutes today to pray a simple breath prayer. Get somewhere quiet and relaxing. Breathe in deeply, and then breathe out fully. As you breathe in, ask God to fill you with His presence, grace, love, peace.


Breathe in, “I will build my life. . .” Breathe out, “upon the love of Jesus.” Pray this way for just a few minutes, trusting God to work.




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