The words jump off the page and hit me right in the heart.
“Therefore … consider Jesus.” (Hebrews 3:1)
Suddenly I understand the words a few paragraphs later that describe God’s Word as a “two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit… discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) I understand because I feel it.
In a world of options, pay attention to this One.
In your everyday tasks, bow down before the Savior.
In the midst of the pain and struggle of life, consider Him.
Why? Why consider Him? Take a look before the “Therefore” and the picture becomes clear:
- Consider the One who, while fully God, calls us brothers and sisters. Who is “not ashamed” to do so. (Hebrews 2:11-13)
- Consider the One who gave up his place in heaven to come to earth … and suffer… and be tempted… so He’d know what that feels like when we are suffering… when we are tempted… when we’re broken, despised, longing. Yes, consider the one who understands. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
- Consider the One who not only understands but has the power and authority to do something about it. (Hebrews 2:14-15)
- Consider the One who can free you from the slavery of fear (Hebrews 2:15)
- Consider the One who is now seated next to the Father living to intercede for us. (Hebrews 3:1-2)
- Consider the One who is forever faithful (Hebrews 3:6)
Consider Him when there aren’t any options left.
Consider Him as your first and only option.
Consider Him who can never fail, and yet loves us through each fault and failure.
Consider Him who does not ask us to be perfect to come to Him, but rather come to Him as we are in order for him to make us perfect.
Consider Jesus, “the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12:2-3)