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.
While God was communicating every detail of the ark and the tabernacle, the way of being his own worshipping people, at the top of the mountain, the people were fed up with waiting 40 long days at the bottom of the mountain. They couldn’t see a future, and began to give up on God. We gasp with horror as God’s own dearly loved people take their gold, what was meant to be offered for his worship, and mould it into a copy of the gods of other nations. They look at the idol and say in Exodus 32:4, “These are the gods who brought you out of Egypt.” After the Lord has intimately revealed himself to them, saved them, provided for them and committed to them in his covenant of perfect love, how could they?
How many times have we felt like living for Jesus is too hard, we have waited too long, he does not seem to be leading, we cannot see what he is doing, or we just want to fit in with everyone else? Like the Israelites at the mountain, we are prone to give up, look for an easier, more enjoyable way, a faster solution in our struggles, a more visible hope and a way of being in control ourselves. We quickly lose sight of who God is and who we are to him and we set our heart on other things or put our trust in ourselves. We take what was designed to be freely given to the Lord and we hold it back. Then slowly but surely we set up our past experiences, wounds, thoughts, desires, spiritual ideas, abilities and say, “This is who I am now; this is what makes me.” Our enemy whispers the echo “ Yes that is all you are and all you will ever be”. And God’s heart breaks, as he looks on the scene of us giving our hearts away, bowing down to something that is not him, and changing our identity. It can happen gradually, without us noticing, but it happens. Jesus asks us to give all of ourselves to him, holding nothing back.
When we do that he says that you are not what your past, your skills and your experiences or your wounds have made you. Your real name is written in Heaven and that is who you are for eternity. You are His own, saved, cleansed and set apart in his love.
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.”
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