Pastor’s Pen

A Moment to Spur
Erick Riddle, Pastor
At Hickory Grove Church, we are working to practice the instruction of Hebrews 10:24: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
Sometimes we ask if someone has “a moment to spare?” What if, instead of offering a moment we have to spare, we gave “A Moment to Spur?”

The cowboys in the Western movies would spur their horses to urge them to run faster. The spurs do not injure the horses. The spurs simply communicate a sense of urgency. Sometimes a simple “giddy-up” is enough. At other times, when the need is pressing, a spur sends the message loud and clear.
This seems to be what the Holy Spirit has in mind for us. He encourages us to urge one another. To send the message loud and clear. There is a sense of urgency to spur one another on.
“Putting the spurs” to someone in this context does not imply cruelty or being nasty. The Bible instructs us to respond to other in a very different manner. Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.”
When we merge the two instructions, it is evident that we are to gently motivate one another to love and good deeds. We are working together to do just that.
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