Thanks to readers for the responses to the first installment in this series of Let Us Garden. My hope is that these articles will challenge us to a mutual pursuit of the things of God. You even indulged my corny play on words (let us vs. lettuce). The best response was in an email from Tammy Bias, Thanks again for this food for thought. I wish I had thought of that.
God speaks to us in the book of Hebrews and repeatedly exhorts, “let us” with a particular focus of mutual pursuit. So let’s add another head to the garden. This time it is “let us strive” taken from Hebrews 4:11.
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
That rest is the destination of our journey – life eternal with God. We are to strive to get there. As we read through Hebrews, we are challenged to make sure that we are not merely close to God and the things of God. We are told that some get so close that they can taste it, but don’t actually eat. They eventually fall away. It is a sad thing when those who have claimed Christ disown him. Some disown Christ because of hardship. Others because of intellectual struggle. Either way it is disobedience. We are called to obedience that recognizes God as our father. He cares for us even when we might question his care.
How do we strive and avoid this kind of disobedience? How do we know we have eaten and not merely tasted? The answer is the Bible. Hebrews 4:12 indicates the power of the Bible. It discerns the thoughts and intentions of our heart. So get into God’s word as you strive to enter his rest.