Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus…
Our Sunday school class is studying Hebrews right now and last week we started on chapter 3. As Todd began talking about this passage, he talked briefly about what it means to “consider” Jesus. It does not mean to merely glance at Him. It means to observe, to gaze, to meditate, to sharply focus, and to stare intently at Him.
This kind of thing will not just naturally happen. It takes purposeful action on our part to set aside the time and work on it. In our busy lives, meditation seems to be somewhat of a lost art.
With those thoughts still ringing in my head, I started reading C.J. Mahaney’s book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World this week. And in the very first chapter, C.J. gives one good reason we should meditate on Christ and His cross.
The cross is the attraction that draws our hearts away from the empty and deadly pleasures of worldliness.
Did you catch that? Worldliness has its appeal. Nobody is denying that. But what should be happening in our lives is that the appeal of worldliness pales in comparison to the attraction and loveliness of the cross. Mahaney goes on to say,
What should consume our thoughts and affections is not resisting worldliness but the glory and grace of God revealed at the cross. We must take the sin of worldliness seriously, to be sure. … But its eradication is not an end in itself. Resisting worldliness is absolutely vital but not ultimately most significant.
Jesus Christ is most important. We must fight worldliness because it dulls our affections for Christ and distracts our attention from Christ. Worldliness is so serious because Christ is so glorious.
Don’t you just love it when God orchestrates the teaching of His word and what you’re reading to come together in such a beautiful way? I will close with Mahaney’s closing exhortation in the same chapter,
Meditate on the cross. Consider the wonders of the Savior who died for sinners and rose victorious over sin and death. Dwell where the cries of Calvary are louder than the clamor of the world.