“Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before you, and look kindly on those who place their hope in your mercy, that, cleansed from the stain of their sins, they may persevere in holy living and be made full heirs of your promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
There’s an important distinction to be made between being saved from something and being saved for something. In our case, we look at Hebrews 9 and see Christ as the sacrifice for our “act that lead to death” so that we can freely serve God.
We aren’t saved from hell, we are saved for heaven. We aren’t saved from the world, we are saved to serve the world. Hebrews 9 says we are saved for an eternal inheritance and are part of a new addendum to the covenant of promise we see talked about in Ephesians 2. This promise is found in Genesis 12 when God promises to bless the world through Abraham. God didn’t choose Abraham to exclude the rest of the world, he chose Abraham to bless the rest of the world.
Lent, self-denial, and fasting help us see our humility--our real selves. We look to learn our place, understand our blessing, and seek to perform the acts which serve the living God..
Prayer points // Pray for eyes to see the work of the Lord.
Scripture Mediation // Hebrews 9:11-28; Psalm 105