And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We should meet together regularly, so we can lovingly encourage one another to live the life God calls us to.
In the very earliest days of the church, believers met together every day, to listen to teaching, pray together, and to enjoy fellowship with each other, sharing hospitality (see Acts 2:42.) Early Christ followers truly needed one another as community for many reasons, but certainly to encourage each other to love and do the work of God.
By the time the book of Hebrews was written, it’s clear that some believers no longer felt it was necessary to meet together. The writer doesn’t say why this was the case. But he does remind us it’s very difficult to encourage one another when you’re not meeting together. Loving each other means helping each other through hard times and celebrating good times. It’s far easier to do that when you’re actually together. We all have times when we can’t be at a church service, but let’s not forget how important we are to each other in community.
Is it important to you to meet with fellow believers? Do you think other Christ followers appreciate your presence? What are some ways you can stay connected, even if you can’t be at every church service?
Dear Father, thank you for connecting me with other believers, as part of Your promise that I’m not living this life alone. Help me to show love and encouragement to others in many ways, including my physical presence with them. Let me remember that I am important to my fellow believers, just as they are important to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Submitted by: Dianne Novak