Crazy how meditating on scripture can pierce my soul. Exposing my selfish motives (“intentions of the heart” as the ESV describes in Hebrews 4:12) and bringing them into the light. I probably memorized this verse in the second grade. I don’t really know, but it was a long time ago. I’ve heard numerous sermons and read countless devotions on it. And every time I’ve managed to view this as a passage about me. (It’s a skill I have) Even after I read it in the context of learning to live in financial hardship as well as financial abundance, it was all about me. My contentedness. My strength (that was from Christ–notice how its just a parenthetical).
But today the Holy Spirit was gracious enough to gently push me toward the real focus of the passage. Here’s a hint–it’s the real focus of the whole Bible and, supposedly the real focus of my life. Apparently, Christ is the focus of the passage. His goodness, his strength, his generosity. Perhaps that’s why I’m lacking in strength–I keep focusing on mine.
Today I’m going to focus on Christ. Not how he can benefit me, just on who he is and why I love him. This day is shaping up quite nicely.
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