Draw Near

For the next three Saturdays, I’ll be posting a short word of encouragement from Hebrews 10:19-25. Verses 19-21 set the stage by summarizing the work of Christ and the person of Christ. Because of who Jesus is and because of what he has done, we are encouraged to do three things: Draw Near, Hold On, and Watch Out. This morning, we’ll start with “Draw Near.” Saturday, Dec. 14 we’ll look at what it means to “Hold On.” And finally, Saturday Dec. 21, we’ll wrap it up with the admonition to “Watch Out.” I pray you’ll join me these three Saturday mornings in December, and that our time in this passage together will be an encouragement to you.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus – he has inaugurated for us a new and living way through the curtain (that is, through his flesh) – and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:19-25, CSB (emphases added).

It is tempting to think of God as some kind of dictatorial ruler in the sky – like we’re all pawns on His cosmic chessboard. But that’s just not true. The Bible teaches us that God loves us, and wants a relationship with us. He wants to walk with you and talk with you. He wants to be close to you, not far away. Because of the work of Christ and the person of Christ, you and I can draw near to God! How awesome is that?! The creating, sustaining, living, loving God of the ages… We can walk with Him, and grow close to Him.

“God loves us, and wants a relationship with us. He wants to walk with you and talk with you. He wants to be close to you, not far away.”

There’s a difference between the kind of people you know and the kind of people you walk with. I have met with, and I know, Vice President Mike Pence. But I don’t walk with him. I just know him from a distance. Is there anyone you know from a distance like that?

Sadly, many Christians go through their whole lives treating God like someone they know from a distance. But God doesn’t want you to know Him from a distance. He wants you to know Him up close. Through faith in Jesus Christ and continued obedience to His commands, God wants you to draw near to Him and walk with Him.

“Many Christians go through their whole lives treating God like someone they know from a distance. But God doesn’t want you to know Him from a distance. He wants you to know Him up close.”

Because of the work of Christ and the person of Christ, we can draw near to God. Can you imagine how the world might be different if we made it our daily priority to walk with God?

We begin walking with God by trusting God’s Son (Jesus Christ, vs. 19-21) as Savior and Lord. We continue to walk with God as we grow in our understanding of and commitment to God’s Word.

What steps are you taking to walk with God?

What’s your next step… today?

Don’t be content knowing God from a distance. Get to know Him up close.

Because of the work of Christ and the Person of Christ…
Let us Draw Near.

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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