Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hebrews 10 -- Let Us

Here in Hebrews 10 we have a series of let us statements. Let us draw near to God with sincere hearts. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. Let us consider how we may spur one another on in love. Let us not give up meeting together. Let us encourage one another. Essentially all these things encourage us, the followers of Christ to live together in a community of hope. A place where the community does not simply coexist, rather it thrives as it comes together to be the people of God revealed through this earthly pilgrimage.

This is not a series of may yous, no it is a series of let us. While each individual must do their part, it is the community that must work together in such a way that the love of Christ is evident to all those who would see this community at work. I wonder what it would be like to find a community that together drew near to God, that lived out the hope found in Jesus Christ. What would happen if a community of people spurred one another on in love, met together regularly simply to be together with God. How would it work for a community existed to encourage one another in the relentless pursuit of God with reckless abandon.

This has been the challenge to the church, The Body of Christ for centuries. For centuries the challenge has been amplified because of the same reason, humanity. Only through the power of Jesus Christ do we play well together. Left to our own devices we bicker, and take sides. We make the journey about us instead of being about God. It is easy for us to think we are the primary actors in the drama, everyone else is the supporting cast including God. As Francis Chan has stimulated us to think, what if we are a part if the movie God is watching. This life is so not about us and our desires. It is about a community of people becoming the people God intends us to be. This is not and cannot be an individual journey. This is one of the reasons the writer of Hebrews reminds, Let us.

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