Jeffrey Stevens

Reflections from Hebrews 7:27

Hebrews 7:27 He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.

For many of us, there’s that one sin. Yes, we’ve been to confession. But still. Yes, we know Jesus has forgiven us. However, He obviously will use someone else for whatever purpose He had planned for us.

Not everyone feels this way. But many of us allow the enemy to whisper this lie into our ear over and over again. Yes, Jesus forgives and loves me. That being said, He obviously has a more obedient follower prepared for anything He planned to use me to accomplish.

There’s just one problem with this lie the enemy tries to tell us. Jesus has already paid the price for our sins. I know, I know. You tell yourself that somehow, you’ve caught Him off guard. He didn’t know you were going to do “that one thing.” Jesus might have had a purpose for me, but that was until I let Him down by doing that.

Let me ask you a question. How many of your sins were future sins when Jesus was nailed to the cross, pushed His weight up on His nail pierced feet, and said, “It is finished?”

All of them. There’s nothing we’ve done or are going to do that goes beyond the mercy and love of God. Yes, we are commanded to live a life of repentance and to demonstrate our faith through our daily actions. But, stop making too much of yourself. We simply aren’t that big of a deal. Nothing we do catches Jesus off guard. There hasn’t been one time He’s watched you while you acted out in sin and thought to Himself, “I messed up with this one. What was I thinking when I gave myself up for their sacrifice?”

I need to be clear about something real fast. I’m not saying to use the grace of God as a get out of jail free card. God takes sin very seriously. It put His Son on a cross. That being said, don’t allow the enemy to use your mistakes to hold you back from what Jesus is calling you to accomplish. We’re all sinners. That doesn’t stop until your dead.

If you’re one of the many believing there’s something you’ve done that outweighs what Jesus has already accomplished, spend some time talking to Him about it. Write Him a letter, do something. Have a discussion with your priest. Spend some time reading one of the Gospels.

Whatever you do, stop allowing something from the past to get in the way of where God’s calling you to go.

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