Tomorrow we rest and celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. We place a lot of emphasis on what “we” have achieved through our labor. It’s easy to lose sight of just how dependent we are on God for all that we have. We may unconsciously think that we are self-made people. But there is a labor that we were not able to perform, and this is humbling. Jesus rescued us from death by laboring with the cross. His labor secured our rest. And it’s available to all who trust in Him. We cannot earn it through our own efforts, which is a form of disobedience. “For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:10-11).The only labor we should be engaged in, when it comes to our salvation, is trusting and resting in what Jesus has already done. Let’s reflect on His labor and share in His eternal life and rest.
“One who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” The context of Hebrews 7:16 is all about Jesus being the ultimate High Priest. Jesus fulfilled prophesy and had all the ancestry he needed to be savior of the world but he also demonstrated who he was. God used this phrase, “indestructible life,” to remind me of the cross the ultimate sacrifice for my sin where Jesus died but three days later was resurrected from the dead. Because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection His followers can also have an indestructible life. When we believe and have faith in Jesus we have eternal life but we also have the inner strength and power of the Holy Spirit to help us overcome the troubles and difficulties. Do you have the indestructible life that comes from knowing and following Jesus?