Like many of you, my yard was cooked last summer. The combo of scalding hot temperatures and a lack of rain led to my grass transitioning from green and full to brown and wispy. Like a balding man clinging to his combover, my yard was greatly in need of some Rogaine. Therefore, this spring, I purchased some grass seed and attempted to bring my yard back to life. I spread grass seed all over the yard with the hope that spring rains, and soft grounds would lead to soft turf once again. I did not plant the seed to feed the birds, I planted it to grow grass. Anything short of a restored lawn would be a failure of my lawn care project.
I was thinking about this recent set of events this week as I studied Hebrews 5:11-6:10 in preparation for my sermon this Sunday at Wildwood. In between all the big theological questions that this section raises (and believe me there are a few doozies!), I see a passage of Scripture that lets believers know that Jesus has cast His seed in our hearts with the intentions of it maturing, growing, and producing fruit. The idea that my salvation was intended for my stagnation (failure to grow) is thrown to the birds with this passage. Whether you are a new believer, or have trusted Christ years ago, His desire for you is that you continue to grow and mature in Him. Join us this week in either the 9:30 or 10:50 worship services as we see how this plays out on the pages of Hebrews 5-6. Hope to see you there!
** In prep for this Sunday morning, read Hebrews 5:11-6:10. As a preview of some of the big issues in this passage, look at Hebrews 6:4-6, “For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding Him up to contempt.” What does this passage mean? We’ll look at it (and more) this Sunday.