I love my husband. He is my best friend, my provider, and my protector. He is also pretty enjoyable and cute. Despite my admiration, my actions often reflect that I am more faithful to myself than I am to him. I allow my own desires to overshadow God’s commands to love and serve my husband.
While I am faithful in my marriage in some ways, I am never faithful in all ways. I sin against Kyle when I react to him in anger, when I assume false heart motives, or when I hold a grudge for even a moment.
I am faithful, sometimes.
Hebrews 3:5 says that Moses “was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later.” Moses had a clear view of God’s holiness. He had seen him. His awe of God’s glory and splendor served as a compass, pointing his heart toward obedience through faith.
Moses was a man of faith. His name shows up in the “hall of faith” that we will get to in chapter 11. He was said to have “considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”
Moses valued obedience for God’s purposes over his own glory and comfort. He looked to the reward that God promised. He was faithful.
Moses was faithful, Jesus was worthy.
“For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses- as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.” - Heb. 3:3
Moses was the house, Jesus was the builder. Moses was faithful over the house of God as a servant. Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son.
So what gives? What does this mean for me today?
Stay with me:
- Moses was faithful as a servant.
- Jesus was faithful as a son.
- Jesus was our brother. (Heb. 2:17)
Therefore: We are in the same family as Jesus, if we “hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” (Some manuscripts insert “firm to the end.”)
I boast in my husband and find confidence in our covenant because I know he loves me. I make mistakes that hurt him because I am sinful and live in the midst of a fallen world. The hope I find in our conflict, is the hope of restoration. If we fight for unity, we will again find the peace of forgiveness and reconciliation.
My walk with the Lord should resemble the same concept.
My confidence and my boast is in a salvation more worthy of glory than any faithfulness that I could ever hope to muster up. It is the hope that Christ offers.
- The hope of peace amidst the conflict of my fallen flesh.
- The hope of restoration with a wrathful God that demands a payment for my sin.
- The hope of unity with a loving and merciful father, made possible by his propitiation. (*Remember this word, Satisfaction?) His spotless son, for my unrighteousness.
This hope, is worth boasting in. Don’t you think?
If you are boasting in your knowledge, your deeds, your work, your relationships, your value to others, or anything other than Christ:
Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Because, you will. Make your boast in Christ alone. Only he is worthy.