Perfect Becomes Practice

Opening Prayer: 

God, thank you for the hope of heaven, continue to help me get a greater vision for what awaits all who trust in you.

 

Read: Hebrews 12:22-23 (NIV)

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,"

 

Reflect: 

There is a lot in these verses to be excited about and I don’t believe this is coincidence. The twelfth chapter of Hebrews offers lots of encouragement by way of perspective. Verse 1 encourages us to live out our lives as followers of Jesus with perseverance as we stand on the shoulders of those who have lived before us. Verse 6 says do not lose heart when we face hardship or challenge as these are signs we are God’s children. We arrive at verse 22-23 and are reminded that we look forward to a kingdom of joy and personal perfection and verse 28 adds that this kingdom cannot be shaken. Verse 23 is particularly appealing to me because, if you are anything like me, you probably have a desire to live right but fall short constantly. What can be even more frustrating is that the more you try to live rightly the more you are aware just how far off you are. One of the many things that will only be experienced in heaven is that we will no longer just be perfect positionally, based on Jesus death on the cross, but in practice we will be perfect. I can’t wait until the day when I always do the things I want to do and not do the things I don’t want to do. It is equally encouraging to know that God is the judge of all. Many of us feel the weight of injustice in our world and the added weight of the willingness to make the world a more just place but not having the ability. There is a time coming where God rights all wrongs, a celebration befitting of thousands of thousands of joyful angels.

 

Apply: 

 Perhaps the most fitting application of these verses is to fix our hope on heaven, a place of perfection and justice. Do you let the weight of sin and injustice wear you down or do you find hope and encouragement in knowing that all things will be made right and perfect?

 

  Closing Prayer: 

 God give me an eternal perspective so that I find peace and hope in knowing that injustice and failure are not forever. You will right all wrongs and you will perfect all people.

 

Terry Schneider