Daily Devotion, 08/28/2018, “Better Together”
Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 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.
Pastors like me love this passage because it contains the, “You should go to church because the Bible says so” verse but it’s much more than just that. Even though some habitually skip church, we are called to habitually go to church. Why? What’s the point of meeting together with other Christ-followers so consistently that it is habitual? Part of the answer is that left to myself, I tend to drift away from living the life God wants me to live. I need consistent encouragement, support and prayer from others who are with me on the journey if I am going to thrive in my faith. I also need to see their love for Jesus and to drink in their love for me. I need to be encouraged to do “good deeds” on my own and in serving with them. I need to be connected in community with a family of followers so that they have my back as “the Day” approaches and life gets even more challenging.
I like how the passage starts out with, “Let us…” rather than, “Let me…” I am much more likely to hold onto hope and to put my faith in the faithfulness of God if I am not flying solo. God is faithful. I need to be reminded of that. God is faithful even when I am not. I can put my faith in His faithfulness. Worshiping, fellowshipping and serving alongside people of faith helps me “hold unswervingly to the hope” that “he who promised is faithful.”
One last thought, if I need others, then others most certainly need me. As I gather with other Christ-followers, it’s not about consuming all I can so that my needs are met. It’s about “us” not “me and them.” I need to be intentional about encouraging and loving each one God has blessed me to journey with. You are loved!