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 cannot spur one another on if we are not together. When we meet together it is a time of mutual encouragement. But, today many choose not to meet with their brothers and sister for a multitude of reasons. Obviously this has been an issue amongst the Lord’s body for a long time. The writer of Hebrews recognized the problem in his day.
I think many of us grow complacent forgetting that the Day is approaching. Whether it be the Day of Jesus return, or the day when we leave this life, either way we forget that the day is coming when we will answer for how we lived while we were here. We let far too many things, situations, and issues draw us away from meeting together with those that are like minded. We lose focus on what we should be doing for others in the faith, while being consumed by the world around us. We allow the world to eat up our time here.
Whether we like it or not when choose to follow Jesus we are making a commitment to HIM, and HIS body. This commitment is a mutual one, that we all should follow through on. Choosing to not attend times of worship, study, and fellowship is choosing to keep one’s self separated from the life giving spiritual nourishment of the body of Christ, as well as denying the body of Christ the spiritual nourishment that our presence brings to it. We and the body of believers become spiritually malnourished because of it.
As the Hebrew write says; “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”. Can we do that when we are apart from each other? Can we do that when we neglect the body of believers? No we can’t. We must meet together in order to do these things for each other. A big part of love, and good deeds is how we connect to the body. Let us learn to be considerate of others, and invest our time, and energy in spurring one another on, encouraging one another through meeting together. The Day is fast approaching.
© 2016 Leo J. Woodman