The Thought for the Week this week is written by Rosalind Creighton

by Susie Jean Sharkey

Hebrews 9:8

"By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use."

This verse jumped out at me this morning as I was reading a selection of verses about Jesus being the only way to find peace with God. Just before Christ died, He declared, "It is finished!" and the curtain that had barred access into the Holy of Holies was torn in two. A new way had been opened up, but as it opened, the old way of the priest and tabernacle was no longer acceptable and was actually physically destroyed. 

I have known and believed and experienced the truth of this since I was a child.

But yet, this morning as I read the words in Hebrews, I was struck afresh by the fact that while the old system still stood, Christ's redemptive work could not begin. And I realised that for many years I have often kept my own system and 'Tabernacle' standing. It is not that I try to come to God through another religion or through a guru or priest. No, I sometimes try to come through me! Through my works, through how much I pray, through how long I read my Bible for. It is a system that makes me feel God is displeased if I have not changed myself. It is a system that condemns and steals the joy and peace of God. 

But time and time again, God graciously whispers His welcome to me, and tells me He knows my failings, but He will always love me. He tells me he does not keep a logbook clocking up how many hours I spend reading my Bible or praying, because if I do these things thinking that otherwise I will fall out of favour with God, then it is often a wasted effort. Whereas, if I come to God, believing I am forgiven and made righteous in Christ, then the love of God flows from Heaven to me and my heart sings with joy and peace, and I become aware of the fact that I am being changed through the power of the Holy Spirit. I can go out into the rest of the day assured of this one thing- I am 

God's and He is mine!