God-Breathed

If you’re like me, there are certain parts of the Bible that you’re tempted to skip because they just don’t feel super relevant. Am I right?
 
My challenge to you is to take 2 Timothy 3:16-17 to heart – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
 
I was reading in Exodus this week and got to the portion where God is giving very specific instructions for the construction of the tabernacle, the priests’ clothing, and the purification rituals. Because of Jesus, we live under the new covenant, so all of that is now irrelevant, right?
 
Wrong!
 
I prayed that God would show me how this applies to me and He did. Check out what I got from one of the sections about the priests’ attire.
 
Exodus 28:15 – “Then, with great skill and care, make a chest piece to be worn for seeking a decision from God.” It’s easy to glide right by this verse and miss the significance, but the phrase “seeking a decision from God” really captured my attention.
 
The chest piece covered the heart and was to be worn when seeking God’s guidance. I think this symbolizes how we need to put God before our own heart, our own desires, and seek His will first. To me, it symbolized how we need to let God guide our hearts so He will be Lord over our decisions.
 
Exodus 28:36-37 – “Next, make a medallion of pure gold, and engrave it like a seal with these words: Holy to the Lord. Attach the medallion with a blue cord to the front of Aaron’s turban, where it must remain.”
 
It’s no accident that the words “Holy to the Lord” were to be worn on the priest’s head! This reminded me that our minds – our thoughts, attitudes, and actions – must be holy before God.
 
We have the responsibility to guard our minds. The things we see will end up being the things we believe, which will infiltrate our heart and eventually evidence themselves in our actions.
 
So take a lesson from the priests’ attire. Let God guide your heart. Protect your mind so that your thoughts – and therefore, your actions – will be holy to the Lord.

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