Let Us Garden – Fear

I apologize at the outset for the corny play on words.  More on that in a minute.  This morning I was doing a search for a passage of Scripture from Hebrews.  I discovered that when God spoke to us in the book of Hebrews, he repeats a phrase that exhorts us to serious reflection and action.  One of the ways to study the Bible is to note recurring themes or words in a particular section.  In Hebrews the phrase let us is used repeatedly.  Each time we should pay particular note to what follows.

As an aide to memory, I am employing the visual word play of let us and lettuce.  There is no connection of meaning between the two similar sounds.  So bear with me.  Think about having a lettuce garden in your back yard.  Each row will be filled with heads of lettuce.  Each head represents one of the let us statements from the book of Hebrews.  So here is the first one:

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.

— Hebrews 4:1

This is a sobering call for us to have fear.  Not the kind of fear that paralyzes us, but the kind of fear that causes us to avoid taking God for granted.  Would you join God in that rest from a life racked by weariness and sin?  Would you find eternal refreshment in the presence of God?  We are promised this if we cling to Christ and his grace.  Yet it is not a cheap grace that we easily hold.  It is a grace paid for by the blood of our Savior that we emphatically embrace.

The imagery in the verse is that of journeying on a destination.  Joining God in his rest is the destination.  We cannot come up short.  Is your target merely the benefits of God or is it God himself?  Is your love for God only for what he gives you, or is it for who he is?  Is your faith based on your keeping religious habits or is it in Christ alone?