But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost
those who come to God through Him…
~ Hebrews 7:24-25 ~
On our way to my niece’s baby shower, we went through hilly portions of Los Angeles County. Houses dotted the hillsides; some had posts that looked like toothpicks embedded into the hillside holding them up.
We have been told over and over again to prepare for the “big one,” the earthquake that is going to send part of California into the Pacific Ocean. Those with foresight have prepared; others have not — surely this is precarious living.
Precarious living also applies to spiritual things. Complacency lulls us into thinking that the worst will never happen to us, thereby deceiving ourselves. We find a pleasant hillside that overlooks a valley or the ocean, build a house and settle in. But then something happens that shakes us up and our world falls apart.
Jesus warns us in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy….” That is the mission of the enemy and he does it through sin. What the sin is, is irrelevant, so long as it accomplishes its purpose: To rob us of the things that God has put in our hearts. Sin is insidious, it slowly gains entry into our lives, deceives us, and we get comfortable with it. Before we know it, we are singing the same song Elvis sang, “I’m caught in a trap, I can’t walk out, because I love you too much baby…”
How does the thief steal, kill, and destroy us? Stealthy in his thievery and with patience, he steals, little by little, our affection for the Lord, our innocence and purity, and godly desires, until we get to the next stage, killing love for our Lord and everything that is from Him, so that he can finally destroy us by separating us from the Lord for eternity.
But Jesus, knowing us as well as He does, also said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have [it] more abundantly.”
Jesus is the key to life; He “is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.” In becoming His, life is not lived precariously anymore, but abundantly. The remainder of Hebrews 7:25, states that Jesus “always lives to make intercession for” us. And “if God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)? We also have the truth that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). This is how we, through His abiding Holy Spirit, overcome the attempts of the thief to steal, kill, and destroy us. This is how we live the abundant life Jesus has for us.
As we live the abundant life Jesus has for us, we can live it in readiness for His return for us. He has given us His Holy Spirit to keep us in readiness, to keep us from living precariously, and to keep the thief from stealing, killing, and destroying us. Thus we are encouraged to be prepared, ready, for the return of Jesus.
We can be like the five wise virgins who had oil in their lamps and were prepared for the bridegroom to come, or we can be like the five unwise virgins who did not have extra oil for their lamps and missed the bridegroom and the wedding because they had to go out and buy some oil ((Matthew 25:1-13). The choice is ours: Precarious Life or Abundant Life?
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus. He has done everything for us that we may have fellowship with You: Jesus gave His life, the perfect sacrifice, that we may have the gift of eternal life in Him; He is our Savior and High Priest, and always intercedes for us; and He gave us His Holy Spirit to abide in us that we may live life abundantly. It is because of Jesus that we are more than conquerors and have victory over the thief who seeks our destruction. Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus!
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
~ Psalm 34:3 ~