Being the Church
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
"...Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith...
...Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess...
...Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds..."
In just three verses, there's more "let us" thrown around than at a Subway Deli! Kind of makes you think the writer is serious about this Christianity thing being more about "us" than "I." In this whole section of Hebrews 10, beginning at verse 19, there is an unmistakable call for those of us who claim to be the church to act like we are in it together, and not simply trying to get what we can out of it for ourselves.
...We draw near in faith (toward God).
...We hold to the hope (for ourselves).
...We consider love and good deeds (for others).
Any of this sound familiar? Look back at I Corinthians 13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." You and I are encouraged by God in Scripture to have a right attitude about our lives in the midst of a pretty confused world. It will honor God, bolster our own perspectives, and lift those around you. And that is precisely the recipe for changing our community – loving God's people enough to live among them, worship and study together, and be creative in spurring one another on to good and godly lives.
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