The text we studied yesterday was Hebrews 10:19-25. In this section of the New Testament, Christians are encouraged to approach their faith in a highly relational way, in regard to both God and others.
There are four “let us” statements in verses 22-25 that are quite remarkable. If we were to live them all out, our sense of connection to God and other Christians would be amazing.
- Let us draw near to God (22): because God has opened the door to fellowship through Christ’s work on the Cross, we are invited to come near to God.
- Let us hold unswervingly to our hope (23): we can do this because of the second half of the verse, which says: “… for he who promised is faithful.” As we keep our eyes on Jesus, our hope grows more firm.
- Let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds (24): we truly help one another learn how to love and serve as we do it together
- Let us not give up meeting together but let us encourage one another (25): our presence with one another opens the door to a deeper level of sharing.
Many years ago, Pastor Chuck Miller coined a term called “people eyes.” Those with “people eyes” see people through the eyes of Jesus Christ, as people created in the image of God and with needs to be met. When we live with people eyes, we notice others we never saw before, we get to know them, we appreciate them, and we bless them.
Questions for Reflection:
- How might our lives be enriched if we open our eyes to those around us, and welcome them in Christ’s name?
- As you go about your life: Who do you “see”? Who do you look for? Try to notice people more closely this week.