Week 39 Saturday

Holy Partnership

Today’s scripture selection: Hebrews 1-4

Key verse: Hebrews 3:1-2

People make all sorts of alliances, for all sorts of reasons.

There are those made in personal relationships; business endeavors; political associations; treaties – you name it – we keep the lawyers busy drawing up the paperwork.  And when the lawyers can’t get it done – we too often resort to war.

But the scriptures speak of a very different kind of partnership – a holy one.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.”

Writing in the New Testament Letter to the Hebrews – this author addresses his listeners as “holy partners in a heavenly calling….”

Wouldn’t that be a great partnership with which to be associated?

Well – you can be.

It doesn’t take a special password; a unique knowledge of some secret code.  It’s not something the lawyers or the generals can make happen.

It happens in one simple, yet profound way – by desiring it – and by taking a “leap of faith.”

God calls us – God invites us – into this heavenly calling – if only we will answer.

It’s not reserved for Biblical scholars or clerics.

People of all types; all ages; all races; all sexes; all national persuasions – they have been doing it for ages.

So join the partnership.  Give thanks that God calls you to a heavenly purpose.

Then wait for further instruction – I’m sure God will be sending it on any time now.

Prayer: Lord, I accept your call to heavenly purpose.  Be my guide – and to you be the honor and glory.  AMEN.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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