“Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling,
consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession;”
Recently, I read a story about a man by the name of Hudson Taylor. He was a master missionary. While he never wrote a book on missions or church planting, he did write a very small commentary on the Song of Solomon. The key to his success was that he loved his Lord, and he believed that you could only cultivate love in aloneness with the one you love.
A. W. Tozer was one of the few men who preached consistently on the need to be a worshiper of God, telling the church that worship was the missing jewel in her crown.
C. S. Lewis believed that God communicates His presence to men in the process of worship. And Oswald Chambers called worship “the great essential of fitness.” He went on to say, “If you have not been worshipping…, when you get into work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.”
Worship is a vital element of our freedom in Christ. I love the idea of worship being a jewel in our crown. The following excerpt titled “Consider Jesus” is from Andrew Murray’s classic The Holiest of All:
Consider Jesus! This is the central thought of the verse, and of the passage of which it is a part, as it is indeed of the whole Epistle. It is the one aim of the writer to persuade the Hebrews that, if they but knew aright the Lord Jesus as the faithful, compassionate, and almighty High Priest in heaven, they would find in Him all they needed for a life such as God would have them lead.
Their life would be in harmony with their faith, in harmony with the life of Him whom their faith would apprehend. The words might have been taken as the title of my book: Consider Jesus! It is indeed the keynote of the Epistle.
The word consider, from the root of the Latin word for Star, originally means to contemplate the stars. It suggests the idea of the astronomer, and the quiet, patient, persevering, concentrated gaze with which he seeks to discover all that can be possibly known of the stars which the object of his study are.
And Jesus, who is God, who became man, and perfected our human nature in His wonderful life of suffering and obedience, and now dwells in heaven to communicate to us its life and blessedness—oh, what reason there is for saying, consider Jesus.
Gaze upon Him, contemplate Him. For some increased knowledge of the stars what devotion, what enthusiasm, what sacrifices are often times witnessed. Oh, let the study and possession of the Son of God waken our devotion and our enthusiasm, that we may be able to tell men what beauty and what glory there is in Jesus.