By Gary Jennings (Lead Pastor)
RAP – It’s simple to do. Read a passage; Apply the passage, and Pray the passage. Everyone can rap.
Our reading guide on July 12 took us to Hebrews 10:19-39. This passage is so packed and full that it really is difficult for me to limit my thoughts to one area of its great truth. But here goes…
It’s July and that means its garden season. There are two words in our passage that always seem to take me to garden thinking when I read them. It may seem strange and unusual to some, but they are the words let us. In my NIV Bible, they can be found in Hebrews 10: 22, 23, and 24 of our passage. Lettuce is now beginning to mature in many gardens, and lettuce grows out of the soil. The soil could be seen as our hearts and everyday lives. The question is this; is there let us growing and maturing out of our soil?
Let us number 1 – Hebrews 10:22 – “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings…” I have the awesome privilege to come in close to God, but I have the challenge of having full assurance that faith brings. There are so many things that threaten to stunt this needed growth in my life. I must at times decide to have faith and not go by how I am feeling at the time, or even observing.
Let us number 2 – Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess…” I profess Biblical spiritual hope from my pulpit setting on a regular basis. I speak it and I declare it, but it’s far more important that I live it. Words are words, until they are backed by action. When it comes to spiritual matters and reading in the Bible all that God has promised His saints, I will always need to grow my hope. As I grow, I learn to hold fast, drive straight and am not swerving all over the road.
Let us number 3 – Hebrews 10:24 – “And Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Help me understand this. Is this saying that I should set time aside on a regular basis to think about others and how I can stimulate and encourage them to love and good deeds? I do think this is what it means. I am to be a cheerleader and a great supporter of others. I need to enrich and add something of value into their lives. I need to make others feel great about themselves and their abilities, gifts and talents. I need to tell others what they can do instead of what they cannot do. If I do this, they will explode and bloom. They will go on to do great things for God in this world where much more love and good deeds are needed. I need to grow in this area, because I am sure I can do much better at this.
Well, those are my thoughts that come out of our RAP reading passage from Hebrews 10:19-39. Don’t forget to check and see how your lettuce (let us) is growing this summer.