How much do you know about martinis?
- A martini should be stirred, not shaken, in order to achieve the optimum temperature & level of dilution. If you shake, you will bruise the gin.
- Shaking results in ice breakage, which will make it cloudy with ice chips on the surface. The best martinis are those that you can clearly see through.
- Lastly, temperature is key: chilling is important as it slows down the oxidation process. Too much water in the drink means it will warm faster once it reaches the imbiber.
The RESULT of a well-made “stirred-not-shaken” martini = No ingredients are bruised, but instead brought to a perfect mix in which the fullness of the individual flavors can be tasted and experienced to their intended glory.
I’ll bet that’s the first time you’ve heard martinis be talked about that way…or heard so much detail about alcohol in a church setting. Keep reading…
“WE HAVE…SO LET US”
Hebrews 10:19-25 – “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
We often have it backwards, “let us…so that we (can) have.” But we are RESPONDING to what he has done first. We have Jesus, so let us…
- (19) we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus.
- (21) we have a great priest over the house of God.
- (22) let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.
- (23) let us hold fast the confession of our hope.
>> Now how do we make sure that we hold fast the confession of our hope?
- (24) let us consider how to STIR UP one another to love and good works.
Remember Hebrews 3:1 – “Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.”
So having considered Jesus…here we see the author saying, now consider your brothers and sisters in Christ.
“STIR THEM UP…”
The Greek word used in verse 24 literally means “to provoke” or “to irritate.”
They key here is not to SHAKE each other up–a shake makes things cloudy, it dilutes our confidence in the confession we are to cling onto. The world, our city, the enemies of the gospel, they do enough shaking as it is.
But we do want to give each other a healthy STIR, don’t we? We need a healthy stir:
- To keep us alert.
- To keep us attentive to God’s calling on our lives.
- To keep from growing stagnant and slothful.
- To keep us growing.
- To keep things moving forward.
- To get that healthy combination of security and risk–that perfect mix where the gospel pops and the full taste of God’s grace and mercy hits our lips.
Without breaking down our muscles in a healthy way, we cannot build them stronger. Without stirring the pot, the flavor is never released. And so the author of Hebrews actually tells us to STIR UP one another. Irritate & provoke one another enough so that we do not grow stale and ineffective for the mission of God.
“…TO LOVE AND GOOD WORKS”
Love is a matter of the heart (affections). Good works are a matter of the hands (activity). We are called to stir up one another in both areas.
Love for who?
- EACH OTHER – Consider your brothers and sisters in Christ.
- OUTSIDERS – Consider those outside the faith…neighbors, co-workers, etc.
- GOD – Consider your maker and savior Jesus Christ the Son.
HOW DO WE STIR EACH OTHER UP?
By not neglecting to meet together.
- Because the word of God tells us to gather together as a heavenly body.
- It’s hard to be stirred up if you’re not in community.
By encouraging one another.
- Learn to take the truth and encourage people to live into it.
- To encourage = To come alongside.
> This is a call to ALL Christians.
Reminding one another that the day is coming.
- We don’t talk about it enough, but when we realize that reality, it will stir us to action.
THE DAY OF JUDGMENT
Hebrews 10:26-31 – “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Jesus spoke of this day of judgment again and again, with the assumption that the reality of that day would stir us up to MISSION. The mission of sharing the gospel with a loving heart (not withholding the good news from them), because it is the only thing that can save them from (v. 27) “a fury of fire that will consume God’s adversaries.”
(v. 31) “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” — This fear should STIR US UP! Reminding our brothers and sisters of the truth of the day of judgment when Christ returns should stir them up to participate in Jesus’ mission. To help the people of Seattle consider Jesus Christ and his gospel of redemptive grace.
This day is also the day when Jesus will come again. On this day everyone in the world will see Jesus for who he truly is, and all will be filled with wonder. They will be wide eyed and mystified like a child when they see the beauty of the true king…Listen to the song Wonder by Bethel.
There is a day coming, of judgment, but also of CELEBRATION for those who call upon the name of Jesus.
May we be stirred to LOVE and SHARE this truth, that we may not grow stagnant or slothful in our walks with God.
1. Apply these keys to allow the truth of the gospel to stir you up to love and good works:
- ZOOM OUT – In the midst of a crisis. Look at the constant message God has delivered over thousands of years through the prophets, the apostles and Jesus.
- APPLY THE JESUS FILTER – Look at everything God has done and said through the lens of Jesus. Being the ultimate revelation of God, Jesus sheds light on all of God’s other communication. God never contradicts himself. Read the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John to learn more about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
- TURN IT DOWN – Get into the right posture of hearing — clear the distractions. Turn down the music, give yourself space and time to hear from God, whether that is by prayer, reading the Scriptures, or by creating time in your schedule to worship and discuss Jesus in community. Join a Fellowship Group. We need to teach each other and practice together softening our hearts to the voice of God.
2. Converse about this topic with others:
- Who in your life does a good job of giving you a healthy stir?
- When we think of the coming day, what should be the conditions of our hearts?
3. Reflect personally on the condition of your heart:
- Are your affections being stirred for God?
- Do you think in terms of “we have…so let us” or “let us…so we (can) have”?
4. Listen to this week’s sermon on our website.