In my book Cherry Cobbler, Cherry is extremely insecure and really doesn't understand herself. The book is a lighthearted story about her journey into finding out who she is and trusting God for what she needs.
I chose to write about her because that is the problem many of us have. We are insecure in who we are because we are insecure in what God expects of us. I thought about this more when I came across this passage in Hebrews 3:5-6 (NLT):
“Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.”
Moses was a pretty amazing guy. I love reading about his courage in the face of the most powerful man on earth as he stood firm in his mission to get his people out of Egypt and back into the Promised Land. And I love his patience as he dealt with an ungrateful and unruly bunch of people that more often than not failed to listen to him and especially to God.
But the writer of Hebrews is explaining to us that the difference between Moses and Jesus is the difference between a servant and a son. A servant can be very faithful in a household, but he will never have as much authority or honor as a son.
So what does that mean for us? It means that we can be confident that we are a part of God’s house because our security there is not because of what we do, but because of whom we have put our confidence. Even the most faithful servant doesn’t deserve to be part of God’s house, as if he or she earned it by their efforts. No, we are part of God’s house because of what Jesus did for us. If we embrace and hold fast to that, nothing else earns more points with God.
This reminds me of another passage in Hebrews (6:16-20):
"Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us..."
That makes me burst into prayer: Thank you, Jesus, that our confidence and hope can only be found in you. We are grateful for your invitation to be a part of your house, and we are in awe of the fact that our place and position in your family is because of what you have done and continue to do for us. We know this is true and cling to it as if our lives depended on it, because they do.