Friday, March 26, 2021
By Pastor Rob Harding
Passage: Hebrews 5:7-10
Over the years, I’ve heard from friends who were just calling with some news. Might be their family is expanding as a new child is on the way. Might be they’re calling with sad news – they’ve lost a loved one. Or sometimes the call is based on something a bit less relational and a bit more practical: they got the big promotion.
Most often such advancement in one’s career points to human initiative. My friend worked hard, showed herself to be gifted in her endeavors, and as such things caught the eye of those in charge, a new position was hers.
Often, we think of Jesus in the same way. As we see how gifted he was in all that he did, we might be tempted to think that he becomes “the source of eternal salvation,” as the writer of Hebrews puts it, because of that – human initiative. Hard work. Giftedness wins out yet again.
Truth be told, this Jesus, far from ascending to the sacrificial role he plays for us, was actually appointed to that position by God. Not human initiative; divine appointment. Thus, Jesus embraces the work he’s been given by God not with self-congratulations but instead with humble obedience, simply surrendering to the request God delivers to him.
Take some time today to ponder this thought: you, too, have been appointed to your work as a follower of Jesus Christ. Not hard work. Not being more gifted than others. Not raising your hand, the quickest. Just God’s divine appointment requesting that you serve as a member of the body of Christ.
When you think of things that way, does the humility in your serving more naturally go deeper? Or does any glorifying of self-more easily and naturally fall away? Ponder today the significance of the appointment God has given you and what it means to be faithful in it.
Prayer: Loving God, I am yours. May I be ever faithful to that which you’ve called me. Amen.