Stick Together or Fall Apart
by Judy Webb
"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." (Hebrews 10:23-25)
Every time I read these lines I am reminded of that season starting in 2020, when, because of covid, we had to "give up meeting together as some of us were in the habit of doing’."This was so very difficult and became even more so as time wore on. But we found ways to overcome this situation.
There were a number of ways we did this. Verse 23 testifies to how we held unswervingly (without wavering) to the hope we had a Christians. I understood the truth of the statement that we need one another.
A community of believers hold such power and strength just by acting in unity, by serving each other with love and by share the testimony of our faith. As a church family, we are the assembly of the called.
I enjoy reading the MSG version of verses 23-25: "Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching."
During that season of isolation, we as the body of Christ kept meeting, just in new and differing ways. The challenging time taught us the importance of being the Body of Christ and perhaps helped us appreciate one another more. As the famous line from "The Purpose Driven Life" reminds us: It’s not all about me.
Dear Jesus, These verses are convicting me to put someone else first today. No matter what is going on in my life, my neighbors also have troubles. Show me how to practice love and encouragement. Amen.