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Spurs and barrel racing
Pastor Daron Lindemann
by Pastor Daron Lindemann
June 19, 2023

One of the most popular competitions in the Austin rodeo is barrel racing, where the fastest time wins. 

The rider and horse bust out into a full gallop, kicking up dirt and gaining speed. Then they maneuver through three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. 

Spurs in this event aren’t meant for hanging on but for getting going. “Yeeehaaaw! Giddyup!”

That’s the Christian community of the church, described by the Bible in this way: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). 

This means you might get kicked in the ribs by other church members because you’re sitting around instead of volunteering. Because you’re sleeping in at home on Sunday instead of singing God’s praises in church. Because you’re separating yourself instead of staying on course.

The words “spur one another on” here in Greek literally mean “agitate” or “provoke to discomfort.” Yes, church can be a pain. A good pain that helps win the race.

So spur each other on! Don’t let each other slack! 

“Ouch! Leave me alone! Ouch! Get away! Ouch!” Spur. Love. Good deeds.

Like barrel racing. You maneuver through obstacles you thought you’d never be able to face. Your church achieves a mission goal nobody imagined would ever be possible. A strained relationship with a fellow church member—after hard work and prayer—is reconciled. 

God is at work. Through spurs.