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Hebrews 10:24

Feb 10, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  7 Comments

Sunday, 10 February 2019

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, Hebrews 10:24

The author now states a third “let us” admonition. One has followed on the heels of the other. The first two were “let us draw near with a true heart” and “let us hold fast the confession of our hope.” Each of these was stated directly after it was noted that we have “a High Priest over the house of God.” Now, the author admonishes his audience to also “let us consider one another.”

The word gives the sense of thinking from top to bottom, and thus to perceive clearly. The intent is that we are to consider one another’s spiritual state through a constant and careful evaluation of where that person is at any given time. Paul expresses the thought beautifully in Philippians 2:3, 4 –

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

With this attitude, the believer in Christ is to really care about the well-being of the individual “in order to stir up love and good works.” The word translated as “stir up” is paroxusmos. It is only seen one other time in Scripture, in Acts 15:39, where Paul and Barnabas had such a sharp dispute that they separated. It signifies “a provocation which literally jabs (cuts) someone so they ‘must’ respond” (HELPS Word Studies). Unlike the case between Paul and Barnabas, here, it is a positive provocation. It is a stirring up of love and good works in the one who is the object of attention.

Life application: Taking the three “let us” statements as a continued thought, we should consider that if Israel had confidence in drawing near to God with a true heart because they had a temple among them in Jerusalem, and if that temple gave them an ability to hold fast to the confession of their hope because they had a high priest who could minister to their spiritual needs, then how much more should we have greater confidence in the security which comes from Jesus.

Because of the believer in Christ’s more perfect hope, how much more should we consider others and strive to stir up in them love and good works! Love is easier to measure from our perspective, but unfortunately “deeds” are not. Because of this, dubious standards of “deeds” are set up by churches and individuals. If you don’t meet their criteria, then they claim you “can’t be saved” or “you’re not a good Christian.” Probably the best thing to do is not worry about the specific deeds that people expect and instead give the Lord credit for all that occurs in your life. Should you break a leg, remember to thank the Lord for the time to rest. Should you find a $20.00 bill on the ground, give the Lord thanks for the bounty. Should you be seen helping an old lady across the road, give Jesus the credit for giving you the heart to do it.

No matter what you do, do it with the notion that the Lord is the one who gets the credit. In addition to this, not only should we be living the thankful life, but we should make every attempt to be both an example to others and to remind them to live likewise. In all you do, do it unto the Lord!

Lord God, You have blessed us so abundantly. Thank You for all that comes from Your open hand of grace. And so, give us willing hearts to live faithful Christian lives – doing deeds of righteousness in Your name and to Your glory. And Lord, help us to spur others on to the same fruitful life we have asked for ourselves. In Jesus’ name we pray! Amen.

7 Comments

  • thank you

  • How true! We should be thankful for every moment of everyday we are here and for all the amazing blessings the lord showers us with every minute of everyday. I know we are a blessed generation to be living In these days to see fulfillment of bible prophecy before our eyes and yet while watching another Brother in Christ the other day he really brought into focus just how big a blessing it is. As he said not only are we blessed to be part of this but we have been chosen by God to be here at this point in time Chosen. I had to really think about that and yes he is right. Heck when I think I could have been a kid in Rome 2,000 years ago playing on the Appianway or brought up as a slave. The possibilities are endless and yet here we are to see first hand Gods word being fulfilled, now if that isn’t being blessed I don’t know what is 🙂 Amen

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

    • Just think Gordon, you might have grown up a slave in Rome, trusted in Christ, and fed to the lions in the Colosseum for your faith!

      • Yes John I Also thought of that and as I said the possibilitys were endless but here we are. Here and now, God knew before we were created we would be here to see all this come about what a huge blessing for us Amen. Oh don’t take it wrong and I am saying we are …blessed more than others I am just saying WOW how cool is this lol

  • So, as you mentioned yesterday Charlie. Your prayer today is a reminder of the dear Vietnamese christians, or Phillipinots, or chinese, wherever in the world they happen to be, perhaps Turkish or other middle eastern or african…who are not living in abundance of this world’s goods, but they have faith, hope and love in their hearts, and they have Christ living in them, and they seek to live fruitful lives, and have the assurance of seeing you in heaven one day.
    Lord, we pray today that you will strengthen, love and encourage each heart that lives under trying and lean times, and may they sense your very present help and encouragement in this day, for your honor and glory. Amen!

    • amen!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

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