A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
Normally it’s unthinkable a pitcher would tell the batter what his pitch will be but this morning I am going to do the unthinkable – I am going to throw you a curve. “So let us go on to grown-up teaching. Let us not go back over the beginning lessons we learned about Christ. We should not again start teaching about faith in God and about turning away from those acts that lead to death.” (Hebrews 6:1, NCV)
The author of Hebrews is talking about going past the elementary lessons of the gospel into a deeper spiritually enriched relationship with God through a spiritually enriched relationship with Jesus. But this morning for me it stands as a sign post that life goes on, there is no going back and picking up where we left off. I am discovering some of the things Patti and I loved to do here in the GSMNP in 2008 we can no longer do in 2014. The other day when we had to abandon our walk back to Abrams Falls before even getting half way was a hard pill for me to shallow.
As wonderful as life is at times it does have its moments when it puts us to the test whether we’ll stay put or move on. Hebrews 6:1 is about moving on it’s about embracing the changes life makes us face and “plowing” ahead. The one thing Hebrews 6:1 doesn’t tell us is we do not “go on to grown-up teaching” alone, instead we have we have not only the Holy Spirit as our Mentor-Teacher-Companion but also in the words of Jesus, “It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh doesn’t give life…” (John 6:63, NCV)
There is one more thing about Hebrews 6:1 – it “spills over” into other aspects of life as well, into our relationships, into our families, into our churches, into our careers, our retirement, even into the business/manufacturing world. Change/Transformation it’s what life is all about! “Do not be shaped by this world (or the past); instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NCV, italics mine)
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him, and he helps me. I am very happy, and I praise him with my song.” (Psalm 28:7, NCV)
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