Hebrews 3:1 NLT
'And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest.'
I wonder, what is the call from heaven? I can easily make a case for belonging to and believing in Jesus. Yet, while a good launch pad, I cannot believe this is the substance of what is spoken of here. A consequence of that same call is carefully to consider Jesus. From this I have chosen it to mean contemplating Jesus, his walk, his own mission, his invitation to those who would follow after him.
When I was at school, I joined the combined cadet force as an able seaman. Part of that meant travelling to Portsmouth naval dockyard and being a seaman for a week. One fun aspect was qualifying as a Motorised Fishing Vessel (MFV) helmsman. In qualifying I had to pay close attention to a variety of instructions that I then had to execute. My life and that of others depended upon my responsiveness as we cruised around the Solent.
In much the same way, I see this call from heaven as something I’m invited to pay close attention to that I, and others, might live well. Rather than assuming Christianity is a series of good behaviours, it is rather a constant attentiveness to God’s voice steering my life. I listen out and I implement the instructions. Sometimes the instructions appear to be leading me into deep waters, literally. Yet the course God sets is both in my best interest and for the benefit of others.
There is some responsibility that comes with this call. I am a part of a greater company whose purpose is to reveal God’s reality in the earth. I can only do this to the degree to which I am locked into that call from heaven. It provides me with the intelligence I need to know how to live, the decisions to take at critical moments in my life. It enables me to determine how I might live for God. When Christianity appears to have disappeared from view, most likely I have stopped paying close attention to the voice from heaven.
QUESTION: How can you be attentive to the voice of God?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to follow the instructions and guidance you give.