Pastor Brad’s Blog – August 18, 2021

“Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:23-25 (CEB)

           

            I can across this passage recently and two things jumped out at me that I feel like speak to our right now. The first is the usage of the word “reliable” in the first sentence, because of all the ways we can describe God it is a very practical word to use for the creator of all things. Take a moment and think of all the words or phrases you can think of to describe the Lord right off the top of your head. There may be some that you personally relate to, some you hear repeatedly, or those words you heard early on that are just stuck in your head. I first go to God’s power, majesty, grace, and love. The big stuff, really.

          Thinking of God as reliable really brings the Lord into our daily life and into the seemingly mundane aspects of existence that God very much cares about, but too often we don’t look for Him there. When I think of what is reliable in my life I think of my car, certain comfortable clothes, and some tools I have come to use frequently. Things I carry around in my daily life and reach for without thinking, which is exactly who God can and wants to be in our lives.

          The next thing that jumped out at me is what the second sentence says about how we can relate to and motivate one another in faith. What does it mean to “consider each other carefully” and what does sparking love and good deeds look like? I would say most of the world is having to reevaluate and redefine community in the post-pandemic world. The question of how we do it and what it looks like are going to take a long time to answer, but I believe this passage from Hebrews gives us a reminder and head start on re-understanding our Why. Why do we come together as sisters and brothers in Christ? Putting it simply, I would say it is for mutual spiritual support and to better present the Gospel to the world.

           How this passage from Scripture uses the word spark again takes a massive concept and makes it practical and relatable. The burden of all the work, of victory, is not on us because God is the one who wins and gets us there anyway. Our work is to make sure that spark of the Kingdom of God is alive and nurtured in each other. From there, we as the Body of Christ can bring that glimpse of what is and will be into the world to not force but help and motivate all peoples to come back home to the Father. In these continued uncertain times, may we all hold and shine the steadfast light of the Lord.

 

Forward in Faith,
           Pastor Brad