What we do see is Jesus, made “not quite as high as angels,” and then, through the experience of death, crowned so much higher than any angel, with a glory “bright with Eden’s dawn light.” (Heb 2:9 The Message)
In the middle of your life and work, focus on Jesus, the pioneer of your salvation who was made perfect by what he suffered.
When God created mankind, God crowned us with glory and honor, and put everything under our feet. However we no longer see everything “subject to us” because of the fall. What we do see … is Jesus crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death for us.
As you look at Jesus, the one who set you free from slavery to the fear of death, he will show you a brighter and bigger picture filled with hope.
Jesus assures you that there is a day coming when there will be a new heaven and a new earth – God’s Kingdom – where workplaces, communities and the world will be what they were meant to be. Together with Jesus you will reign in God’s Kingdom. For Jesus with joy and delight brought you to glory, to the throne room of heaven and introduced you as one of the children God gave him.
Jesus is not ashamed to call you his brother or sister.
Jesus fully understands the temptations you face, for he shared in our humanity.
Keep your eyes focused on Jesus for he is able to help you when you face temptations at work. Jesus worked as a carpenter and knows what it is like for tools to be dull, or misplaced. Jesus interacted with the best and worst of people. Jesus led a group of disciples and experienced all the challenges and disappointments of friendships and betrayals, of followers and saboteurs.
Look to Jesus for he is merciful, he sympathizes with you in your sufferings and trials for he has experienced them all. Look to Jesus as your example for he was faithful and endured to the end.
When you look to Jesus you can walk through this day with hope, knowing that your life can be lived as it was meant to be lived, fully alive in God’s presence.
Risen and exalted Lord, help me to keep my eyes focused on you today. Deliver me from temptation. Help me to live today with hope! Thank you that I can live today, fully alive in your presence. Amen.