By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Two very powerful words appear several times in the book of Hebrews. Those two words are, “Let us.” These words are a choice for the believer to do something. These words are words of faith and action. Hebrews, being known as the book of faith, challenges the believer to make a choice to do something for God. Just as much as you have a choice to do something, you also have a choice not to do something. You can do and see a change, or you can not do and see the same things happen over and over again. Let me point out what this book challenges you to do through the two words, “let us.”
First, let us choose to labor. Hebrews 4:11 challenges you to labor so that you can enter into His “rest.” This rest that God is talking about is the rest of getting into the yoke with Christ. God says that His yoke is “easy.” In other words, stop laboring in the world where you labor in turmoil, and enter into the yoke with Christ to find the rest for your soul that only serving God can give. You must choose where you are going to labor, but only laboring for Christ will give you the rest for which your soul is seeking.
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Second, let us draw near to God. You have a choice every day to boldly enter in prayer to God or to try to face your day all alone. You will never find the strength you need to make it through your day without choosing to enter into a time of prayer to seek God’s mind and help to assist you throughout your day.
Third, let us hold fast our faith. In Hebrews 10:23, God challenges the believer to hold onto their faith “without wavering.” My friend, stop looking for something new and study what you already know. Too many people fall into false doctrine because they consider something new. Hold fast to your faith. Never let anything shake it. Know what you believe from God’s Word, and don’t let people or false doctrine shake it in any way.
Fourth, let us consider one another. One of the greatest choices you can make is to consider others before yourself. You will find it easy to consider others before yourself if you choose not to make yourself the issue in life. Get away from the self-focused mindset that thinks everyone is doing something against you. It is a tiny mindset to think that everyone is always doing something to you or against you. You will find that you can get along with others if you learn to consider others and how what you do affects them.
Fifth, let us lay aside every weight. A weight is not a sin, but it will certainly hinder you from being what you are supposed to be for Christ. There are some things in your life that are not bad, but they hinder you from being or doing what God wants you to do. If you want God to use you to your fullest ability, you must be willing to lay aside any weight that hinders Him from using you to that capacity.
Sixth, let us run. Running in the Christian life is a choice. You must choose to either sit or run for Christ. Sitting has done nothing for you, but running in the Christian life has influenced many for Christ. You won’t find true satisfaction in your Christian life until you stop being a spectator and get into the race and run. It is your choice. Those who choose to run always find the prize of pleasing God.
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