Every religion seems to have lots of rituals. Christianity is truly unique – in that all that we do is without ritual, yet is to be lived-out from a heart of passionate worship and adoration to God.
Daily Bible reading: Heb. 1-10
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb 10:22 KJV
All through the Book of Hebrews the writer is comparing the old priesthood and the tabernacle in the Old Testament to what is now established through Jesus Christ in the New Covenant/Testament. After all this it’s like the writer is getting so real by saying, “Come on now, if God has so opened this incredible door for us so that we no longer have to jump through ritualistic hula-hoops then we ought to draw near to our Savior with a true heart, and not be phony any longer.”
I think many times I think I don’t realize it, but I take the Lord for granted. Sure, I might come, or draw near, but is it really with a true heart filled with a sincere heart of gratefulness? Do I really think that all God wants is a few hand-claps and warm pew from me? How I long to be like Blind Bartimaeus who threw all the ritualistic hula-hoops out of the way and just let all of his heart be made known to the Son of David! No matter how you look at it he sure was real, and Jesus honored it. Oh, how I long to live from the heart and come to the Throne of Grace with a simple yet bold faith, and to put away everything else – that I might know Him!
“Lord, this morning, if there’s any kind of ritualistic hula-hoops that I’m still holding on to – please give me the wisdom to do away with them. Open my eyes to see how glorious you are! And that I would simply come to You with a reckless abandonment. No hoops, to props, no pretending! Just pure love, pure faith! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”