Sunday: 18th November, 2018
Reference text: Hebrews 10:11-14,18
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
When I hear a song I like for the first time, I usually hit replay to listen a couple of times and then it is added to my playlist. Just like the music I enjoy, until a friend told me about an alternative route that could cut my journey time by ten minutes, I preferred to use a specific transport route to campus. The commute took about an hour which was acceptable and those ten minutes didn’t seem like a lot of time – it wasn’t worth the hustle. But how wrong I was.
We cannot really chastise the priests in Israel before the time of Jesus, because they served in the best interest of the people. By using what they knew then, they continually offered sacrifices on behalf of the people for the forgiveness of sins. This they repeated daily, but as the letter to the Hebrews mentions, they had no results; ‘those sacrifices could never take away sins’ .
By extrapolating events into our time, if we served in the same office as those priests today, then we can offer no plausible reasons as to why we would continue doing the same set of events with nothing to show for it. It would seem as though we were stuck in repeat mode, only doing the things we have being programmed to do. Bereft of new ideas, innovation and even the desire to seek alternative ways of doing things.
Beloved, staying stuck on replay may seem like a good way to gather experience, but it can very easily be a source of stagnation, an absence of growth and development. We need to take time to assess the events we are carrying out to determine if they are achieving the goals and purposes for which they were set up. If they are not, then we have every reason to ask questions that seek to address the situation.
Remember # you can’t remain stuck in repeat mode.