Our Source and Our Course

Yesterday evening, before church, I had the wonderful opportunity to hear the story of a dear brothers early years of life.  I love to be able to hear people’s stories.  I love to hear about what makes them tick.  Over the years there have been a few that stood out, but for each who are followers of Christ something very significant stood out, “Jesus was their source and their course.”

Maybe you are wondering,”What does this mean?”  Consider with me the first five chapters of the book of Hebrews.  The writer of this wonderful book is writing to believers who have a rich history dating back to the time of Abraham.  Their story includes such wonderful hero’s as Moses, David, and Joshua. Check out Psalm 104 to see even more of their story.

However, for the moment, let’s consider one person in their history, Jesus.  “Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,” 5:8-9. Here we discover, Jesus is the source of our salvation.  Through Christ alone we are made right with God.  “He tasted death for everyone,” 2:9. The story of my life says, “Jesus is my source of eternal life and He is my source of success in earthly life.

Our Savior who is our source of life is also our course in life.  Jesus set for the pattern of life that you and I are to live.  “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted,” 2:18. Jesus Christ faced the full weight of temptation and bore it all without sin.  He knows what we face and He has set the course for us to bypass sin and to live a holy life.

The question for the day is simply this: “If your story was told today, could people clearly see that Christ is your source and course?”  For many believers their story is cluttered with days and weeks of walking other courses.

If a lost and dying world is going to see the light, they must see it in the daily course of our lives. Certainly we will not be perfect, but we must be progressing in our faith. The key is to daily spend time in the word with a heart that says, “I will obey what I read.”

If we are in the word and if we are living the word we can clearly say with the saints of old, “He is our source and course.”

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