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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.”—Hebrews 12:27 (NLT)
Though I was just a kid, I vividly remember the night Hurricane Andrew barreled through Miami. I remember losing power. I remember the powerful winds howling and the rains falling hard. And I remember my front door flying open from the force of the wind, and my dad having to push our couch against the door and nailing a bunch of pieces of wood to keep the door shut. It was a terrifying night, but one that I survived. The most terrifying thing, though, was the destruction Andrew left in its wake. The city of Homestead was pretty much left to ruin. Houses were destroyed and structures reduced to nothing.
That’s the thing about this world: everything in it is temporary. From our most secure towers to our most advanced systems, they will all rust, wither, fail, and fall. They all have a shelf life, an expiration date. And in the end, the writer of Hebrews tells us that “only unshakable things will remain.”
Right about now, you may be asking yourself, “What are the unshakable things?” Well, the unshakable things are the things “the One who speaks to us from heaven” has declared (Hebrews 12:25 NLT). And the One is referring to Christ Jesus, who came to us from heaven to speak the words of life. The revelation of God’s kingdom came to us through the Son, and if we don’t receive His words and embrace His message, then we, like the material things of this passing world, will be removed (Matthew 3:12).
But as John 1:12 (NIV) says, “To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” We are His sons and daughters, and His heirs, “receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,” a kingdom that is everlasting and glorious. Christ went to prepare a place for us; a place in that unshakable heavenly kingdom, and He tells us in John 16:22 (NIV), “I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
That’s the hope we have for eternity, the hope of an eternity where there “will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4 NIV). So, “let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe” (Hebrews 12:28 NLT).
DIG: Read Hebrews 12, John 16, and 1 John 5.
DISCOVER: What material or temporal things are you holding onto that’s keeping you from focusing on the eternal, unshakable things?
DISPLAY: Consider doing a three-day mini fast from something material that you’ve unintentionally placed higher priority on than your relationship with Jesus. It could be social media, sports, video games, clothing, shopping, etc.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.