I used to love to tinker around in the garage with my father. I would have the saw buzzing, a drill poking holes in something, and some glue splattered everywhere. Then, I would hear his calm voice say something like, “There might be a better way to do that…”
We heard quite a bit about “better ways” this past Sunday. Teaching from Hebrews 10, Pastor Jason carefully explained that the better covenant is based on the finished work of Jesus. He went on to add that the better Priest is Christ, Himself, and that the better relationship is found in our hearts, not the law.
But the critical part of his message were the applications. We were urged to select one of the three and to make a sincere attempt to apply that truth to our lives this week.
His first application was the truth that drawing near to Jesus is a much better way to relate to God. He then showed us that holding fast to His faithfulness is a better way to get through life. And finally, he finished his thoughts asserting that serving others is a better way to gather with the body of Christ.
So, you and I were asked to make a choice this week and focus on one of those “better ways.” Which one caught your attention? Which one needs some work in your life?
My natural tendency is to recoil when I am hurt or perplexed, so I am choosing to highlight the truth that drawing near is a better way to relate to the Lord.
I need to get better at leaning into Jesus regardless of my circumstances. I need to spend more time with Him, even if we sit in silence. I need to share Him with others, even when I am confused.
I need to mull over His words, even if it’s just a phrase or two. I need to rehearse His teachings and apply His truths, even if they chaff me a bit. This week, I am going to sit near Him, listen more, and wait for His nudging. I am convinced it’s a better way.
Which application are you working on this week?