Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Have We Trampled on Jesus?

You know how we read scriptures many times over & sometimes it really speaks to us? Well, I found this scripture a few weeks ago that really spoke to me. I believe it will also speak to you.

Hebrews 10: 26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Wow…what powerful words….have we insulted the Spirit of grace by our willingness to partake in things that are not holy? Have we trampled the Son of God underfoot by the words we speak? The things that we do? What we participate in or allow? Do we excuse things that deep down we know are not God-like and don’t bring about His glory in our lives? When we do, are we honestly realizing that at some point there no longer remains a sacrifice for those sins, & that we’ve trampled Jesus & insulted what He did on the cross? Will we be thought worthy? Or will like verse 27 says that there will be “a certain fearful expectation of judgment & fiery indignation”?

Upon reading that living Word, I prayed God do not allow me to be guilty of that. Let your Holy Spirit convict me & bring me to a life of holiness before You every day. A life that doesn’t insult what You did for me on the cross. One that doesn’t excuse that time-altering event as a common thing to be trampled underfoot like dirt or mud or trash. Lord help me to live a life of holiness that He requires to see Him (Hebrews 12:14).

So I ask you today…..are you pursuing a life of holiness? A life that doesn’t insult Jesus or trample the Spirit of grace? We must do that for ourselves. No one can do it for us. His Spirit will help us but we must make that conscious decision to either be for him or against him.

As Christians no matter if we're new ones or if we've been around a while, our growth in holiness is a daily process. That's why Paul said, "I die daily." (I Cor 15:31). None of us have completely arrived. We all have places in our lives we can work on to be more like Christ. As a Christian we must guard against allowing sinful opportunities in our lives. We must use the benefits of our relationship with Christ, put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) & watch because our enemy seeks to devour & destroy us (1 Peter 5:8-9). Because we have been crucified in & with Christ (Galatians 2:20) & we have been raise up with him (Col 3:1-3) we have a promise that we can live a holy, sanctified life by depending on Jesus. Jesus' grace allows us to live a holy, sanctified life. How can we lose if we are for Him…..but how much can we lose including our lives if we are not?

Father, may your Holy Spirit speak & convict us of the areas in our lives where we are not being all that we can be in You. Help us to live a holy life before you. One that doesn't insult you & one that constantly informs & reforms until it is fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.