Read Hebrews 8

One of the hardest things to change in our hearts as followers of Christ is our internal battle to prove our worth before God. Many times we don’t even realize we have this issue. From a young age we are taught, “Work hard and you’ll be successful.” There is nothing wrong with that. But that mindset in the realm of faith leads to something that’s not true — “Work hard and God will be pleased with you.”

In Hebrews 8 we see the “New Covenant” with Christ as High Priest was something Jewish-background believers were wrestling with. Today, while we may not have to wrestle with the idea of a literal High Priest going before God on our behalf, we wrestle with this idea — Jesus is represents us before God; not our works; not our own righteousness; Christ alone.

6 But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.

How often do we attempt to live our faith in our own power instead of relying on the power of Christ before us? If you find yourself feeling that you have to “do better” or “make up for sins of your past”, you are not living in the power of Jesus mediating for you. Let Jesus be your High Priest in every part of your life.

— Ben Abu Saada