"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Therefore, Let Us ..... (Hebrews 10:19-25)

Our Sunday morning study on the book of Hebrews is coming to a close.  We've held our final small group session and summer schedules are already resulting in the normal communication disruption that we tend to experience during this time of year.  However, before we go totally radio silent, I wanted to share a gem of a passage that Pastor Beaty covered this past weekend. I hope you are able to think of it as a summary to what we have covered the past 12 weeks. 

In short, chapter 10 of Hebrews reminds us again of the great High Priest that we have in Jesus.  The author compares the old covenant's call to obedience, one of continual sacrifice and separation, with that of Christ's sacrifice for us that has provided for relationship over ritual.  In fact, verse 19 summarizes what the author has been writing / teaching throughout the letter to the Hebrews.  Beginning with "Therefore", or "because of", he contrasts the Most Holy Place, or the previously off-limits dwelling of God's presence, with Christ's availability made possible through the shedding of his blood on the cross. And "since we have a great priest over the house of God," v21 referring to Christ, then we should respond in three ways.  They include:
  1. Let us draw near to God ..... be in communion, in fellowship, in prayer with God.  A relationship that God seeks with us.  A desire to know Him better and live more like Him.
  2. Let us persevere ...... keep the faith, through ups and downs, fight the good fight, resist temptations
  3. Let us encourage one another ....... through church community, small groups, in service with one another, accountable to one another
Could you imagine the impact on our daily walk if we would focus on these three "let us" applications! More importantly, imagine the impact on our entire journey if we could simply prioritize our focus on why the "therefore" exists in the first place!!!

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another

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