Yesterday, Today and Forever.

What's up Relentless Students? We are on day 9 of our 30-day Devo! The goal is still to read the scripture and spend 15-20 minutes in nature, weather permitting. If you can't enjoy the outdoors, then go ahead and unplug from technology for an hour like we were doing before.

Today's verse is found in Hebrews 13:8 which says,

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

This passage takes place right near the end of the letter of Hebrews. In this section the writer is listing off some "oh, don't forget"s for the audience. So, there are a lot of one or two verse concepts and ideas being given to the people.

With this verse, it corresponds with the one before it so as a whole, 7-8 say,

"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

This passage is a reminder to look to your leaders within the Church, who should embody what pursuing Christ looks like. Christ is always the same. He was, is and will forever be the servant leader. He calls His leaders to be like Him and thus be this servant leader. When leaders imitate well, people don't see the leader anymore instead they see Jesus. Thus, part of how Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever is that His ministry lives on through His followers.

Did you know leaders aren't the only ones called to be like Jesus? All over the New Testament, we are told to imitate Christ or imitate those who look like Christ. A perfect example is 1 Corinthians 11:1 which says, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." It doesn't get much clearer. So, we are called to imitate Christ, like our leaders. Does that mean we called to be leaders? Let me ask it this way, was Christ a leader? Yes. Are you called to be like Him? Yes. Thus, we are called to leade like Christ, which means becoming a servant leader.

With everything going on in the world today being a leader can feel like a weighty responsibility. I hate to break it you, but being a leader in Jesus' day carried a ton of weight as well. You see, Jesus was constantly surrounded by religious leaders who didn't understand how to serve while still leading, but instead used their title to build themselves up and above others. The leadership we are called to brings us below others so we can lift them up. This all means that we carry the torch for the ministry of Jesus and when we stumble or feel like we can't carry we pray and point to others who are still going strong until we can yet again stand up.

So, today's challenge is to ask yourself how you are leading? Are you being an example of turning to God in crisis? Are to an example of serving others even when you don't feel like? Are you an example of loving even when it's hard? There are plenty of other ways you can be serving, but thinking back to my middle/high years these are the ones that I know you can do, even now. So, are you leading? and if not, do you have people in your life who lead well and point you and others to Christ? If not, find some. Between the staff and volunteers at the church, I can think of a few names. So, please comment below how you are serving or what leader comes to find as someone showing you Jesus?

Our prayer,

God, thank you for another beautiful day. Thank you for showering us with your love, even when we don't feel it. Thank you for sending your Son to offer us salvation. Thank you for being the same yesterday, today and forever. It is with that we can hope at times because you are good. I pray that we can be like Christ and others will see your Son when they look at us. Use us, Lord, your will be done now and always. In your Son's name, we pray, Amen.