More Than Words | Hebrews 12:28-29 | Devotional
Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."
Ok, I’m tracking with the unshakable kingdom. I like that. I always need a “be thankful” reminder. Worship is good. I appreciate the “reverence” and “awe” is always cool. But, whoa…what’s this “God is a consuming fire” comment? How about we stick with verse 28 and skip verse 29?
The “consuming fire” comment comes from Deuteronomy 4 where Moses is speaking to the people of Israel as they prepare for the Promised Land. Moses knows that he will not make the trip, but as a true leader he gets them ready for the journey by warning to stay far away from idols of any shape or form. He ends the admonition with this statement: “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God” (Deuteronomy 4:24).
Many believers get fired up about privileges, but cool down when it comes to responsibilities. God is fired up about both. A believer who ignores the responsibilities will invite God’s retribution. He is not interested in a pseudo-commitment of convenience; he is jealous to have all of us.
Father, shine Your light on any lip-service-commitment in our lives. May we truly present ourselves as a living sacrifice to You. May we live consumed by Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.