“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession” – Hebrews 3:1
As Christians, we are really good about believing in Jesus, but faith is not a one-and-done transaction. It is an ongoing, daily belief in Jesus to change us to be more like him.
American Christianity tends to function as an add-on to our lives. As the writer of Hebrews tells us, we are to “consider Jesus.” As the definition would state, we should daily be “thinking carefully about, contemplating and reflecting upon” what Jesus did for us on the cross. Many wonder why Christians in America look no different than their non-believing friends. I would venture to say it is because we do not consider Jesus and let it affect our decisions.
Our decisions, rather than being affected by our faith, are affected by our feelings. American culture tells us to do what makes us happy and to do what feels good. From a young age, we are taught to not think deeply about our decisions but just to decide based upon what’s best for us. The American dream has become all about making decisions that are best for you and pushes forward your agenda, no matter what effect it has on others.
Culture tells us to consider our gain. Scripture tells us to consider Jesus.
Our decisions are the effect of our thinking. Our actions flow out of our mind in the direction of least resistance just like water on the top of a mountain flows down into a river that has been formed over years of erosion. We are creatures of habit, which is why we must consider Jesus to retrain our minds and hearts to choose Jesus when it comes to those in-the-moment decisions.
A story recently popped up about a monk who prayed in the same spot every single day for 20 years. He had knelt to pray so many times that his footprints remain deeply, perfectly ingrained on his temple’s wooden floor.
In the same way, we are to consider Jesus daily, so that we leave a deeply ingrained pattern of Christlikeness on our hearts.
What fills our mind will fill our decisions. What we love is how we will live.
The question we need to ask ourselves is what types of patterns are we ingraining in our lives? If we want to grow in Christ, let’s carve out a path for the river to flow in that direction. If we want to stop living like the world, we are going to need to redirect the things in our lives to make our decisions flow in a new way.
Let’s consider Jesus daily.