Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10: 19-25
“Say one for me, vicar!”, says the passer-by as he sees the minister going in to church. As if the minister’s prayers are more effective. That thinking has a long history. The job of the priests, back to Aaron and beyond, was to ‘stay holy’ so they could ‘do’ the sacrifices on behalf of the ‘ordinary’ people. The trouble is, this can lead to the holy ones thinking they are ‘better’, and to the ordinary ones thinking God’s love can never reach them. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us we have a Direct Line to God’s love, because Jesus purifies us. Every one of us can receive it for ourselves. So now the job of belonging to God is a corporate one – we all do it for each other – meeting together, encouraging and warning each other – Slimming World for our souls.
help me listen to others,
and so be encouraged.
Help me to speak of my faith
so that others can find encouragement.
So, may we all, together
grow closer to you
day by day
through the saving work of Jesus.
Peter Rand is an active retired URC minister
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