So I’ve had this phrase in my head for a few months now and it’s become my prayer for this season.
Love better, serve better.
This is what I want. To love better and serve better. Nothing big right?! Lol.
A couple of weeks ago I really felt led to take a week and fast from lunch. To take my 30 minute lunch break each day and just dive into the word. As I began to pray and to seek God for direction on this time, I really felt like He was leading me to spend this time reading through Hebrews.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking…how does the phrase love better, serve better connect to Hebrews?
I had the same reaction but stick with me. We’re going to get there.
So Monday I go out to my car at lunch and dive into Hebrews 1-2. And God starts to speak.
“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”
Hebrews 2:1 ESV
Ok God…I’m paying attention. Much closer attention.
Day by day as I read, God began to show me that we weren’t going to be dealing with specific actions and ways to love better and serve better. Nope, we were getting to the heart of the problem.
God was whispering into my fragile, insecure heart…
Beloved it time to learn to love and serve from a place of security. It’s time to learn how to live and love from a place of confidence. Not in yourself but in who I am and who I am making you..
He began to whisper words of security and promise. I began to see the same 2 phrases over and over.
Once for all
For all time
You see Hebrews beautifully explains why Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is superior to the Old Testament way of doing things. You see His one sacrifice secured our redemption for all time. He didn’t have to continually crawl back up on that cross and die all over again. It was enough. It was sufficient. And it was complete.
As I read this and was remind of how incredible the cross was and how big and far reaching the effects of Christ death were, God was reassuring my heart. Reminding me that this deep seated insecurity was not something I was meant to carry. It wasn’t who I truly was. He had chosen me. Adopted me into His family. Redeemed and restored me to a right standing with Him. I am a co-heir with Christ. And my status with Him isn’t temporary. It isn’t dependent upon my ability to do good or make all the right decisions.
When I surrendered my life to Christ, I was transformed for all time. I was brought into the family of God. A position that cannot be taken away. I have revived a kingdom that cannot be shaken. I have been made right with God for all time. Eternally secure in my position in Christ. His grace is always there. Mercy new every morning. His love never failing. His sacrifice was made once for all, for all time.
This is my confidence…this is my security. When I allow my identity to be found in Christ, His spirit is on display…I am marked by His love.