Summary: A Life of Love and Hospitality, Service, Marriage, Faith
FAITH OVER FEAR - The Lord Is My Helper
Hebrews 13:1-6 (p. 845) November 5, 2017
There’s an old story told by a farmer which explains how cows end up on the road, lost:
A cow is nibbling on a tuft of grass in the middle of a field moving from one tuft to the next, and before you know it he ends up at some grass next to the fence. Noticing a nice clump of green grass on the other side of the fence, the cow stumbles through an old tear in the fence and finds himself outside on the road. “Cows don’t intend to get lost, “ the farmer explained, “they just nibble their way to lostness!”
The farmer, in his amazing wisdom was talking about more than just cows. None of us intends to wander from the green pasture of God’s plan…but then comes the tuft of a relationship…and the tuft of success…and then the tuft of leisure and comfort…and before we know it we discover we have nibbled our way to lostness…and we are a long way from God.
Our text this morning in Hebrews starts out with these words…“Keep on loving.” “Do not forget to show hospitality.” “Continue to remember those in prison.”
Keep on…Don’t forget…Continue…Remember.
Isaiah doesn’t compare us to cows. He compares us to sheep when he says “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.” (Isaiah 53:6)
It’s the same story…just different animals. Human beings, by nature (a sinful one) are prone to go their own way…prone to nibble their way away from God…and this is true whether we’ve been born again through God’s Spirit or not. Our nature…our independent spirit continually fights to have it’s own way and go it’s own way.
If God’s Spirit lives in you He will work to keep you and I holy. He’ll yell “STOP”… “DON’T”…“QUIT.” But truth be told, we like Paul, many times know what we shouldn’t do and do it anyway…and we know what we should do…and don’t do it.”
Let me give you some good news about what it means to follow Christ as His disciple…He knows this about us…He experienced every single tempting tuft of grass…He was tempted in every way to turn His own way…and He overcame every temptation…and God’s Word doesn’t say…He thinks we’re stupid…or weak…or worthless…It says:
HEBREWS 4:14-16 (p. 840)
We no longer need an earthly priest to be our go between in regard to God. Jesus is now our go between. He is next to the father, at his right hand…interceding for His followers…Romans 8 asks “Who can be against us?” “Who can condemn us?” And the answer: “No one.” And then it says, “The only one who could, Christ Jesus, who died - and more than that was raised to life - is at the right hand of God interceding for us!” (Romans 8:34)?
Jesus isn’t our enemy…or accuser…He is our advocate…He is our helper and it’s His Spirit that lives within us…It’s His Spirit that listens to His words and plan for our lives and fights so desperately against our “go your own way” nature.
He is an amazing Helper, but something we should always remember if we are in Christ and He is in us…
I. OUR LIVES MUST BE OTHERS FOCUSED