Don’t be misled by the title of today’s devotional. We are not going to discuss some esoteric hodge-podge or potpouri of spiritualities. No, this title has a much simpler and sillier origin. I like to call Hebrews a salad letter because there are so many “let us” statements in it. (get it — lettuce = let us …. I know, its pretty lame)
A fun study is to go through the entire letter to the Hebrews and mark all the “let us” phrases and make a list of all the things that the church is encouraged to do. These let us sections could also be titled the “so what?” sections of the letter. Let’s face it; much of this letter is dealing with some pretty intense theological propositions about the identity and role of Christ. It’s a meat and potatoes kind of letter. (Note: in Hebrews 5:11-14 the writer calls the church a bunch of babies who are choking on the meat they were being served.) Knowing that the talk of Jesus as a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek and the eternal Tabernacle of the heavens could be viewed by some as so “out there” that it had little value “down here” the writer throws some lettuce into the bowl to give the people something to chew on.
Now that we have all our mixed metaphors out of the way, spend some time looking at this particular passage, paying special attention to the “let us” phrases.
Make a list of all the phrases that begin with Let us. What is the church being challenged to do?
Now study that list and rate yourself. How well are you doing in these things?
Now rate your church. How well are you doing in these things collectively?
In what ways could you improve in these areas?