When the light of the truth about Jesus illuminates us, it is our duty to shine that light to help others. Our witness for Christ should be public, not hidden. We should not keep the benefits for ourselves alone but pass them on to others. You are not alone and your testimony will help others.
“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
I believe in you
Repairing your relationship with God in the Old Testament involved going to a special building and observing ceremonies overseen by priests. There is something very comforting about those kinds of ceremonies, but the writer of Hebrews is pointing out their limited access to God. Because of the death of Jesus, we have unlimited access to God. It was Jesus’ blood that was sacrificed to repair our relationship with God, rather than that of animals. Jesus was a much greater sacrifice with an eternal result!
Having unlimited access to God is a great privilege we often take for granted. We can go to God in prayer anywhere, at any time. We can confess our sins directly and not carry them around until the next opportunity to go to a temple or see a priest. But people often carry the guilt of sin around with them and don’t take care of it right away. If you are carrying guilt around today, confess it now. Go immediately to God through your High Priest, Jesus, and tell God you are sorry, want to avoid sinning like that again and have your relationship with God made right.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
Christianity affirms that salvation comes by God’s grace alone, solely through faith in Jesus Christ’s unique life, death, and resurrection. Thus, it is God’s compassion that secures salvation. This undeserved blessing is freely given to us. God’s grace stands as the true, enduring, and unearned cause of human salvation.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.