Plug In…Pull Forward
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:19-25
Key Verse: Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Riding horses was the normal transportation for those living in the society of the Biblical writers. It is not surprising that they would use illustrations in their writings that relate to riding a horse. Today’s scripture uses a word associated with horse riding: spur. How does a person get an animal as large as a horse to move forward? They use spurs—sharp objects attached to the rider’s boots—to encourage obedience from the horse. Our minds would probably picture cowboys and their clicking spurs attached to their boots.
God’s Word is instructing us to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. This month’s series is trying to spur us all to plug in and pull God’s Kingdom forward. Do you need sharp spurs to get you going? Do you need to read the “Seven Woes” in Matthew 23 to get you motivated? Do you need to be reminded of Jesus’ “sharp-edged” teaching in Matthew 25:40-43? These passages are unpleasant to hear. They rebuke anyone who wants to talk like they have a part in God’s Kingdom, but never serve people in Jesus’ name. Jesus never backed off His message:
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:44-46)
Father, I give you permission to spur me toward plugging in to Kingdom building. In Jesus’ Name, amen.