I just saw a vision of Jesus.
In my vision, I saw Jesus pacing up and down in the street in front of my house. He wasn't worried or afraid. He was there as a sentinel: alert, careful, all-knowing, all-powerful. He was keeping watch. The King of Heaven and Earth, the Lord of Hosts was keeping watch over my house, my life, and over everything that concerns me.
I saw this vision as I was studying Hebrews, chapters 1-3, when I got to this passage (Hebrews 3:1-6):
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.
For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.
And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” (emphasis mine).
You know why this spoke to me? Because:
- I cannot keep watch over people I love. But He can and will. He loves them even more than I do, and they are more important to Him than they are to me.
- I cannot build the church. It's His church.
- I cannot protect my family even physically; they are His people and the sheep of His pasture, and only He can keep them safe.
And honestly, I cannot even take care of myself.
I cannot number the times when I have collapsed at the feet of Jesus, utterly hopeless or exhausted or burned out or discouraged or burdened or afraid or heartbroken. There has not been a single one of those times when I have been able to fix myself. However, HE has been able to fix me–every time.
That's what Hebrews 3:6 is all about:
Jesus Christ is faithful over His own house. You and I are that house if we hold fast our confidence and rejoicing of hope firm to the end, and Jesus is faithful to keep watch over you and me.
That means He's watching over the people we love. They belong to Him. You and I cannot bear the burden for them; it's too heavy. We must drop it at His feet. And if we WILL drop that burden at His feet, we will find that He will be faithful to take care of it.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep. He already laid down His life for you and me, and we can trust Him with ourselves and with everything that pertains to us.
Jesus is good at His job. I'm lousy at His job.
So that's why God, in His mercy, gave me a vision of Jesus keeping watch. That's why Jesus is pacing in front of my house. Jesus Christ Himself is keeping watch over me, my house, and everything that pertains to me, as one small part of His own house. He doesn't even mind the weeds in my flower bed. He knows me and loves me anyway, and He's taking care of everything.
He doesn't want me to try to bear a burden that belongs to Him.
The same goes for you. You are His house. He is keeping watch over you and everything that concerns you. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). Not only that, but He will complete His work in everyone you care about too.
So let your burdens go. Drop them at His feet. Enter into Father's rest, and let Jesus Christ, the Intercessor, the Burden-Bearer, the Shepherd from on high do the work instead.
We are His house, and Jesus is faithfully keeping watch over His own.
Have you been carrying any burdens you shouldn't be carrying? If so, does this speak to you too? I'd love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below.
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