Don't Miss Out - August 7th
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
We may hear a husband say "I'd be doing awesome things for the Lord if it wasn't for my wife." Or a wife may mutter the complaint, "if it wasn't for my careless husband I'd be a better follower of Jesus." Perhaps we may think if it wasn't for having to deal with my kids or boss I could give my whole heart over to God and serve Him. Friends it is a trick and a trap for us to find ourselves given over to other things first. As good and noble a blessing marriage, family, and a career may be they are not to be priority number one.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, we see, as a part of the feast on the Day of Atonement, there was a release of a Scapegoat by the priests to take away the sins of the nation. Often we have our own 'scapegoats' that we pass off as our reason for lack of service to God's Kingdom. Yet we see that Jesus upon His death on the cross tore the veil of the temple. This veil guarded the Holy of Holies where only the high priest could go once a year into the presence of God. It was extremely thick and torn from top to bottom to show it was God's work so that the presence of almighty God was now opened up to us. He removed His veil so we could have fellowship with Him. Now we, the bride of Christ, those who put our faith in Him, have to choose to remove our 'veils' our 'scapegoats'. God has removed His veil. Why do we still wear ours? This friend is the key to our Spiritual Growth and surging forward in the power of Christ. Removing those things that have priority over the Lord in our lives. Only then can we see all the glory of His presence and be empowered to love and serve our spouses, families, and coworkers effectively for the kingdom.
Life Lesson: We miss out and our loved ones miss out, when we don't follow the Lord in our lives.
Thank you for removing the veil that was between You and me so that I can come into fellowship with You. Give me the courage to prioritize You first in my life so that I too may remove my veil and scapegoats that I use to excuse myself from seeing and following You. I thank You for what You have done so I can boldly come before the throne of Your Grace to receive Your help in my time of need. Help me continue to walk in Your power as my number one priority. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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