I was just thinking about Hebrews 10:24 which says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Heb 10:24 NIV) The word translated, “spur” in the NIV or “stimulate” in the NAS is the Greek word, “paroxusmon.” “para,” meaning “beside” and “oxuno” from “oxus,” meaning “sharp.” The same word is found in Acts 15:39 where it is used for irritation or contention. The writer of Hebrews was calling us to do whatever was necessary to help each other fulfill our calling as followers of Jesus.
About now you might be saying, “Okay, what does any of this have to do with cowboys?” Just this, cowboys wear spurs. They don’t wear them just so they can jingle when they walk down the street. The purpose of the spur was to “motivate” his horse to run faster. The horse may have found the spur irritating, but it served its purpose.
Maybe that’s what we need. As we stare straight down the barrel of 2010 and see so much kingdom work that still needs to be accomplished maybe we need a good swift kick in the pants.
I know we all need encouragement from time to time, but maybe we could use a little irritation. Maybe we need to recognize that sometimes the Church acts like it’s out to pasture. So consider this blog as my spur to you who read it. Feel free to spur me back. We all need it and there’s plenty of work to do.
I like the way the Amplified version puts this verse, “And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities.” (Heb 10:24 Amplified)
Gitty up cowboy, gitty up!
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