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Encourage0gram May 12.2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
May 12, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
The writer of Hebrews is concerned about the integrity of the church community.  The “Let Us” patch is introduced passionately as he describes the ways to approach God (10:19-21). The first command (22) was focused on faith. The second one (23) addressed hope.  We come to the third command in the let us patch.  The priority in this command is love.  
 
NIV Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds,
 
We begin with our minds concentrating on forming a plan.  The verb to consider suggests a thoughtful attention or a careful calculation.  In Hebrews 3:1, we are called to give attention to our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.  Now we turn to our fellow disciples.  We have the freedom to think with the mind of Christ therefore, we should choose to plan to cheer others on in their walk of faith. 
 
Surprisingly this plan includes agitating others. This agitation is positive and helpful.  The verb to spur is used to describe the contention between Paul and Barnabas in planning the second missionary journey (Acts 15:39). It is possible that the writer was concerned over some apathy in the church. Perhaps they were tired and ready to retire from active service.  Maybe they just needed a simple reminder – to serve the Lord with gladness!  As you think about your life, how many times have you been prodded into service?  In the end most likely you thanked the one who spurred you on! 
 
The objective is simple:  love and good deeds.  Love must always motivate our deeds (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).  The phrase “good deeds” appears
 
on the lips of Jesus
 
NIV Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
 
And the Apostle Paul
 
NIV 1 Timothy 6:18
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.
 
NIV Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
 
And the Apostle Peter
 
NIV 1 Peter 2:12
Live such good lives among the pagans that,
though they accuse you of doing wrong,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
 
We do not earn our way to heaven by good works.  We never keep ourselves in good standing with our God by our good deeds.  However, every true child of God will seek and do good deeds.  Our new nature motivates us.  The Holy Spirit guides and empowers us to do good deeds.  Our Father is pleased as we display His glory in good deeds.
 
This command is necessary to promote health in any season!  Let’s plan to spur each other on to love and good deeds. 
 
Until Tomorrow,
Pastor Rick

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