THE BUILDER OF LIVES
Suggested Reading: Hebrews 3-4
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Key Verse: Hebrews 4:14
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
The first verse of today’s reading urges us to “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.” We are encouraged to examine carefully the role of Christ Jesus in His absolutely essential work of presenting the sacrifice of His own life to Almighty God. There is no salvation apart from Christ. Therefore, believers in Jesus are exhorted not to depart from their faith in Christ.
Hebrews chapter four repeats the word “rest” seven times. We may want to look up the word “rest” in the dictionary and ask ourselves, “Are we resting in Jesus?” The ultimate importance of the bedrock of Jesus on which we “rest,” and upon Whom we build our lives, is obvious. It is the Word of God (4:12) which provides the blueprint for the structure of our lives. The importance of considering God’s plans daily cannot be overstated. This blog should help us focus our attention on how we are building and then on the “rest” that is ours.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Christ Jesus, You are the Builder of my house, the place where I dwell. I’ve read, Lord, that “every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). I pray that I will rest 24/7 in the knowledge that You are my Foundation, my Builder. I need You! May I not be a “do-it-yourself” builder. I rest in 100% confidence in Your commitment to build my life as something of beauty for Your glory. I pray this in the Name of the Builder of Lives, Jesus Christ, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Yesterday afternoon Norma-Jean and I were invited to what the Crossroads team billed as a “TOWN HULL MEETING.” That’s a play on the name of our new Crossroads Global Chief Executive Officer, Dr. John Hull. Dr. Hull spent about 90 minutes answering questions from Crossroads employees. I marvelled at the wisdom and grace with which he answered each person. He demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the times in which we live, and He is committed to continuing to implement and grow the original vision and mission of Crossroads. Here is a short bio of Dr. John Hull from our Crossroads website. I have no doubt that Jesus is the Builder of John’s life and ministry. He told us that the focus of Crossroads will always be, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”
At the staff gathering we honoured 10-year, 15-year, 20-year and 25+ year employees. Norma-Jean, our son Ron, and I had the privilege of posing for the picture (below) with our 100 Huntley Street Executive Producer, George McEachern (35 years on the team!) and Johanna Webster, who for 30 years has selected, booked, and cared for all the guests who appear on the 100 Huntley Street telecast. These are all people whose “house has been built by God.” It has been a huge honour for me to work with such wonderful people.
Yours for Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Remember He was a Carpenter, a Builder, the Builder of the lives of all of us who invite Him to construct our lives to His glory and purpose,
P.S. John Hull’s wife is down in Atlanta with family this week, so Norma-Jean invited him over to our apartment for a bowl or two of her famous stew last night. Our son, David Reynold, was in the area and dropped by to spend some time with Mom and Dad. Mother’s stew is his favourite! Norma-Jean took this picture on her iPhone (second photo below). You see John, my son and me with the bowl of hot stew just before we partook of it on a cold night outside.