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Everything in God’s service must be set apart.

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Holiness was the defining characteristic in both covenants. Old and new. Whatever was apart of each covenant, must be consecrated for holiness.

At its most basic form, holiness is to be set apart for a purpose.
Consecration is the act of being set apart.

On Halloween, the concepts of holiness and consecration are seen in all their glory.

Kids get candy.
Kids dump candy out.
Kids set apart their favorites (consecration).
Kids save favorite candy for special purpose (holiness).

You were set apart for a specific purpose. God has consecrated you. God is making you holy.

You lead people set apart for a specific purpose. Are you leading them to holiness? Are you leading them to discover that purpose?

God does the consecrating. We simply bring our life to him asking for the holiness he freely gives.

When you and those around you find their holiness, there is nothing stopping you because God is using you to do his work.

How can you lead someone to find their holiness today?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 9:1-5 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

Are we leading people to love God with their decisions and impulses?

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Mind = Seat of wisdom and decision making.
Heart = Seat of desire, passions and impulses.

God teaches us to love him with all our mind and heart.
He also teaches us that he rewires our mind and heart with his law.

Law = How God would live if he were here on earth. Oh wait, he did do that. The law is exactly how Jesus lived.

So God wants to rewire the people you lead with Jesus.

Rewire their mind with Jesus’ mind.
Rewire their hearts with Jesus’ heart.

And then we lead them to love him with the mind and heart that he gave them.

We can only lead them if we are actively loving God with our decisions and impulses.

Are your decisions and impulses looking like Jesus? Is he transforming you in the same way you expect him to transform the people your leading?

As leaders in the church, we must submit ourselves to the decisions and impulses of Jesus. We must be the example of loving God with all our decisions and impulses that our people need to see.

How can you love God with your decisions and impulses today?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 8:8-13 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

If we’re broken, how can God put his law…his image…into us?

God forgives and never remembers our sins.

It is forgiveness that brings healing.

Jesus handled this with the guy who was lowered through the roof to him. Forgiving his sins first, then his body.

Forgiveness is healing. Healing of something not physical. Healing of our soul.

The removal of sin has to happen to receive God’s image. But through repentance, forgiveness happens.

We can chase the shadows of people.
We can chase the shadows of things.
We can chase the shadows of God.

But for the real likeness of Jesus, we chase after Jesus alone.

Are you ready for the likeness of the Greatest?

In order to truly be in the likeness of someone, you must have their DNA.

For me to be truly “like Mike,” I have to have him living inside me.

Come to think of it, it is a little awkward thinking about that.

When it comes to God, there is nothing different when it comes to his likeness living inside of us.

But as we said, that likeness is broken and if try to imitate by chasing shadows, we are not really in his likeness.

So how do we get God’s likeness back in us?

He puts his law in our minds and hearts.

God’s law is much more than just a set of rules. It is how he functions. It is his righteousness.

It is the totality of how Jesus lived.

It is our joy. Often God’s law is see as a kill joy. But far from it. In fact it is the opposite. Sin brings despair. True joy comes from living out what God puts in us.

It is our freedom. Freedom doesn’t come from doing what we want. It comes from doing what doesn’t restrain us. Sin restrains. Righteousness frees.

It is our peace. Peace comes from knowing you won’t wake up tomorrow nervous about what you did the night before. Sin brings chaos. Peace is found in righteousness.

And God’s gift is that he gives it freely to us. It is a gift that comes with faith. Faith that says, “I won’t chase shadows. I will chase the Real Deal.”

But if we’ve messed this thing up, how can God just give us his image?

God put his image inside of us.

So it is built into us to imitate greatness. His greatness.

But there is a problem. We didn’t. And We don’t. From the beginning we made a mess of his image.

In the Old Testament, God gave the law.

This was God telling his people how to live in his presence, despite the broken image.

The law was never intended to be the end all. It was only a shadow of what is real. And what is real is the worship system in Heaven.

When the people of Israel decided that the law was the end all and chased after the law, they chased after the shadow, not the real thing.

They tried to hedge in the law. Keep it from moving. But that darned shadow wouldn’t stay inside their hedge.

They tried to hedge themselves inside the shadow. But when they put their walls out, they ended up outside the shadow.

This was the focal point of the battles Jesus had with the religious leaders. They were chasing after the shadow. All the while, the shadow belonged to Jesus.

Imagine this. A group of people who tried to catch a shadow. They worshiped the shadow. They made a big deal about the shadow.

All the while ignoring the One who cast the shadow. And the One who cast the shadow was standing right there next to them.

Today we still do the same. Sure, it isn’t the Old Testament law we do this with. Instead it is…

Church attendance.
Morality.
Teaching.

Anything that the Bible told us to do, but never intended it to be the focal point of our lives.

Church attendance is a shadow. A shadow of the worship we will experience in Heaven. But not the real thing.

Imitating God through the laws is like putting on a pair of Jordans and think we can play like him. It is only a shadow.

So if we’re not supposed to be chasing shadows, how are we to imitate God?

Who was the celebrity that you wanted to emulate growing up?

No, I’m not talking about your celebrity crush. The sports star, music star, movie star that you just wanted to be like.

The Fonz from Happy Days?
Michael Jordan from “Be Like Mike” days?
Justin Beiber?

Oh, surely not.

Anyway, no matter who you wanted to imitate, you couldn’t be like them.

I could by Jordan shoes, but I’m a 5’9″ white guy.

I can only be a shadow of the real thing. A white shadow.

George Brett was another emulate. His batting stance was unique.

And I could emulate his batting stance. But not his batting.

I have a hard time admitting this one. But I emulated Tony Meola’s hair while playing.

Again, I could emulate his hair. But I never played keeper for the US National Team.

Celebrities put their likeness on all kinds of products. All to tempt you to emulate them by buying their namesake product.

God put this desire inside of us. He wants us to emulate greatness. That’s why we do it.

But emulating celebrities’ greatness is not exactly what he had in mind.

Are we leading people to chase shadows?

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Shadows are real.
Shadows are imitations of the real thing.
Shadows are a part of life.
Shadows point us to the real thing.

The law was a shadow of the real thing in Heaven.

The law was real.
The law was an imitation of the real thing.
The law was a vital part of life.
The law was to point us to the real thing.

But it is when we chase the shadow that we miss out on the real thing.

Now, we don’t chase the law like the religious leaders of the OT or Jesus’ day, but we still chase shadows.

As church leaders, are we leading people to chase shadows or chase the Real Deal?

Chasing shadows is thinking church is the end all, be all.
Chasing shadows is thinking morality is the end all, be all.
Chasing shadows is thinking freedom is the end all, be all.

But if we chase our own version of Christianity, we chase a shadow of what is real.

Lead people to Hear & Follow Jesus alone.

He will lead us to church.
He will lead us to righteousness.
He will lead us to freedom.

But in the process, we come to find what is real, not what is an imitation of what is real.

How can you lead someone in finding the Real Deal today?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 8:1-7 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

Uttermost Salvation

Shane —  May 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

There is nothing good about a partial salvation.

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If you were almost saved from the oncoming bus, you weren’t really saved at all.

Jesus saves to the uttermost anyone who comes to God.

Only one version I use has the word uttermost. I like it. Maybe it is because it has the word utter in it. Maybe it is because of the imagery of uttermost.

Complete.
Final.
Once and for all.

The salvation is…
Salvation from death.
The death brought on by sin.

Death in this life.
Death in the next life.

Jesus is the only One who can do this. Because he is…

Holy.
Blameless.
Untouched by sin.
Completely different than us sinners.
Exalted.

The sacrifice he gives saves us because it is the only sacrifice that truly forgives us. Cleanses us. Completely. Once and for all.

We are not barely saved from death. We are not almost forgiven of our sin. We are uttermost saved. We are uttermost forgiven.

Is there anything else that saves to the uttermost?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 7:20-28 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

How To Be Made Perfect

Shane —  May 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

The law never made anyone perfect.

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No person in the Old Testament became right because of the law.

Anyone from all time got right with God because they had faith in him.

Abraham lived before the law.
Moses had faith before the law.
David was right because of faith, not because he followed the law.

The law had a purpose. It points to our need for faith. It shows us where we are lacking. It is to point us to God.

But it doesn’t perfect. It is merely a shadow of what is reality.

What this means is that morality and performance is not what gets us close to God.

And that’s good news.

We have an advantage on the Old Testament heroes. We now look back on what they were looking forward to.

Jesus.

And his indestructible life.

And his life gives us a greater hope. A certainty that our future will be better than our past and present. This hope only comes in the presence of God. This is a hope greater than rules or performance will ever bring.

A hope that says I can come close to God whenever and where ever I want to. A hope that says I can come to him when I’m not perfect because he makes me perfect. A hope that says he especially wants me to come to him when I’m not perfect.

Jesus is king and priest. He will never be dethroned. He will always be there waiting to draw you near to God.

What is keeping you from drawing near to God?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 7:11-20 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.

Why do you give to something?

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Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek because Melchizedek was greater. He had no birthdate, no death date, no genealogy. He is likened to he Son of Man.

Isn’t that why we give to something? Because we see it as greater.

Maybe you give because the mission is greater than yourself. The organization you believe in that will rid the earth of some ill. The person in poverty because you want to help rid the earth of poverty. The church who has a mission you sink your teeth into.

For those who Hear & Follow Jesus, there is something even higher than mission. You give to God.

Really, this is what Abraham was doing. Giving to God.

But how do you give to God when God has everything? And he really isn’t present to give to.

What kind of present do you give to someone in your life that “has everything”? Usually you give to honor and expand their name. It has become quite en vogue to give to charity on behalf of someone. You are honoring and expanding their name.

Giving to God is the same thing. We give to honor and expand his name.

Give to a church who will honor and expand God’s name with your money. Give to organizations that will serve communities but also honor and expand God’s name. Give to those in need to honor and expand God’s name.

Are you in the habit of giving? How can you give to honor and expand God’s name?

This is to help you recognize a little of what God is trying to say through Hebrews 7:1-10 by sharing what God was revealing to me. You can subscribe to this daily perspective via email or RSS.