Gathering ‘Lettuces’

“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” “You are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.” “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” Hosea 6:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6; Hebrews 10:24; 12:1,28

The beautiful thing about ‘lettuces’ in the Bible, is that “let us” means we do not do this good work of knowing and praising and living like our Lord alone. We are made to be part of a body, living stones being built on the foundation of Christ into a spiritual house. So, ‘let us’ join together to heed the mandates from Scripture that not only construct that living body, but encourage us to participate at all. (1 Corinthians 12:24-25; 1 Peter 2:5)

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Let us support one another in pressing on to know the Lord. That may mean holding each other’s hand, pulling the weaker, or being given a gentle push by the stronger. Do I prefer to press alone, or grow impatient when another moves at a slower pace?

Let us share what we know, and listen as our brothers and sisters tell their lessons and wisdom. How willing am I to ask questions, and learn, or is my tendency only to spout off about my expert knowledge and opinion? When did I last come to a new understanding because of what another shared with me?

Let us keep each other awake and aware, vigilant to prod against worldly thinking, numbing passions, and unwholesome activities that can become rote habits. Sober is sharp, inquisitive, clear-headed. Am I such a companion?

Let us spur each other to love well and do good together. Am I in the practice of asking how a sibling in Christ has been helped by the Spirit, has understood a new facet of God’s character or changed in an attitude toward a difficult family member or colleague? In all these situations, love for God grows. How am I nurturing it? Where do I include the reluctant or shy or passive in eager service? Will I consider ways to come together and do something that benefits others, not just makes fun and pleasantness for myself? How consistently do I persist in these efforts?

And let us thank our great God together, share His wondrous deeds, worship and sing and honor our King. Awe for God grows when we recognize and marvel at the way He gathers us to grow together.

Worthy Lord, I offer You my garden of lettuces, and my willingness to grow alongside those You have put in my life.

 

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