KEY TEXT: Hebrews 5:8-10 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
KEY THOT: Jesus learned obedience though what he suffered. And because he was willing to obey even when it meant pain and death, he willingly took up his cross and became obedient unto death. In the process, he was "made perfect." What this says is that trials are not just to test our faith but to develop perfection. The perfection that God desires in all this children is the perfection of obedience. We become perfect by focusing on our doing rather than our being, Too much "spiritual formation" methodology focuses on being rather than doing. But Jesus was made perfect by this willingness and commitment to do the will of God.
Instead of continually looking inward at my spiritual condition, checking on the state of my being (emotions & attitudes), I will fare better if I just focus on doing what pleases God. For the more I do what pleases God the more my heart and mind become conformed and transformed into Christ-likeness. It is my doing that ultimately determines my being. In other words, my obedient actions develop godly attitudes.
When I read or study God’s Word i don’t just focus on gaining some inspiring thoughts or ideas but on how I can put what I have learned into practice. Inspiring thoughts and ideas are wonderful but cannot transform us until they are translated into actions. As the Chinese proverb says; “What I hear I forget. What I see I remember. What I do I understand.”
Father, help us become perfect by learning to be obedient in times of trials. Amen.