Gods calling drastically changes a person. When I say yes to Jesus I dont simply accept His offer of salvation, I accept His plan for my life without even knowing where that plan will carry me or what changes Hell want me to make. When I say yes to Him, I enlist myself into a program which will require me to give up my old ways and discard the goal I had for my life, to let my very personality radically be remolded, and to make the focus of everything I do from now on be for someone elses benefit. Sounds pretty dangerous doesnt it? And it would be dangerous if I were saying yes to anyone but God, but Hes the one Person I can safely give over such control to, because no one else formed me in my mothers womb, or numbered my days, or knew me before the foundation of the world. And no one else loves me like He does, or understands the true meaning of life like He does. So as dangerous as the call may seem, its far more dangerous to say no to Him, because that means we wont give up our old ways and will be living for our own foolish goals. Our personalities wont become more loving, kind and pure, but will get more selfish as the years go by. Today as we look at our heavenly calling well gain a better understanding of what it is to which weve said yes.
A. OVERVIEW: 3:1-6
Verse 1: By confessing Jesus we have become partakers in His heavenly calling. God called Him to be our Apostle and High Priest, and we who confess Him now share His calling.
Verse 2: Up until now Israel thought of Moses as their apostle and high priest, and he faithfully carried out the assignment God gave him, just as Jesus did.
Verse 3: But Jesus deserves far more honor because what He did is the reason the family of God exists, while Moses is simply a faithful member of that family.
Verse 4: God the Father is the One who ordered the house (family of God) to be built, and it ultimately exists because of Him.
Verse 5: What Moses did only had meaning as prophetic symbols pointing to the Son of God who was to come (as we will see in chapter 10) (Mt 5:17; Lk 24:27, 44; Col 2:16)
Verse 6: Moses was a servant in the Fathers household, but Jesus is His Son, and the Father has placed His household under His Sons authority. So Jesus is Moses Lord and ours so long as we continue to place our faith in Him.
B. TWO MODELS
Apostle (Ex 3:10)
High priest (Ex 32:10-14)
Mt. Sinai to Egypt
2. Jesus (Heb 4:14)
Apostle: heaven to earth
High priest: intercedes (Heb 7:25)
Apostle: sent on a mission by God
High Priest: intercede on behalf of Gods people
C. WHAT IS OUR CALLING?
God is the One who calls us. He has set us apart for Himself, He has made us members of His family, and He has called us to share in His eternal rest (F.F. Bruce, Hebrews, p. 55). We are called:
1. To join Him:
Sons in glory (Heb 2:10)
Luke 14:15-24 a big dinner
Matthew 22:1-14 a wedding feast for His Son (Rev 19:9)
Notice everyone willing is included. God is a more the merrier God.
Many are called (invited), few are chosen (fit to enter: indifferent or no wedding garment)
Question: Have you answered His call or are you too busy? Are you a regular church-goer but youve never really surrendered to Jesus?
2. To serve Him:
Transformed goals: Jesus calling becomes our calling (partners)
Many church-goers: Ill do whatever I have to do to get where I want to go (tithe, pray, Bible
). Ill jump whatever hurdles so I can achieve my goals.
2 Corinthians 5:14, 15 For the love of Christ
We too become apostles (missionaries, sent ones) and high priests (intercesors), God will interrupt our lives and say, Im sending you there. It may or may not involve a physical relocation, but we will know that God has sent us to this place and to these people. And the most important ministry we will do is pray for them and bring them over and over again to the blood of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 25:24 Parable of talents: to labor for another mans benefits.
Q: Have you let go of your own goals for your life and made your highest goal fulfilling Gods plan? What are you living for: others or yourself, people or things, this world or the next?
3. To reflect Him:
Become like Him
That we would be holy and blameless before Him (Eph 1:3, 4)
How does this happen? (2Co 3:18)
Q: Have you made room in your life for regular time to behold Him face to face and speak to Him? (worship, Word, prayer)
1) At what point in your life did you replace your goals for your life with Gods? If it hasnt happened yet, what holds you back? If it has, tell us what difference it made.
2) Name an attitude that God has changed in you.