I am back from the women's Retreat. It was a wonderful time! Our theme was "Seeking The Son." A fellow friend of many from out church who attended there for many years was the speaker and it was a blessing to be in the Word together!
Our theme verse was Hebrews 12:2-3 It is truly so rich in content! "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
I've quoted the above verses so many times, but they are so key.
We are to stay focused on Christ---seeking Him----and we should do this daily and moment by moment----not out of " legalistic duty," but out of a desire to be more like Him and to have our eyes, hearts, and minds continually remembering what really matters!
And how beautiful it is that HE is both the author and the perfecter of our faith....that He is enabling us and working in us from beginning to end to accomplish His purposes, and we have the joy, both in our individual personal relationships with Jesus and as the body of Christ together to grow and co-operate with the Holy Spirit in that process.
And how beautiful it is that HE NEVER LOST SIGHT OF THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM and endured the cross and all of its shame--having the victory as He died in our place--taking our sin upon Himself.
And again how beautiful it is that HE SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD---indicating once and for all perfect completion of His work! There was no need for Him to die or suffer again for our sins---and there was nothing more needed to make atonement for us. Similarly, there was NOTHING WE COULD DO to pay for our sins either, except TRUST in what He already did for us on the cross as finished, full, perfectly and excellently more than satisfactory, and complete.
This we are to consider so that we do not lose heart and grow weary. May we EVER BE REMINDED of these things as we SEEK DAILY AFTER HIM!
It isn't the first time I've said this, but the retreat was encouraging in a very deep and real way!