2/22/2013 Meredith Lawrence (C’13)
Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested* as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. –Hebrews 4:11-16
God’s word is described as “living and active.” Jesus, of course, is a great example of one who lived by God’s word and actively shared it with others, and this passage inspires me to be active and alive through God’s word too. We are urged to level with God, since “no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes” of God. This phrase really struck me because it reminds us that God knows us better than we know ourselves. We can easily be untruthful with ourselves, thus, blurring our short-comings, but God sees the situation at face value.
In relation to Lent, I encourage you to find truth within yourself, perhaps as you’re reflecting on your day or saying a prayer. Lent is a time for penance as we reflect upon Jesus’ forty days of self-denial and temptation. We should dig deeply to find how we can better ourselves and strengthen our faith during this time of contemplation.