Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
We not only have a God responsibility; we have a responsibility self-ward, too. The Hebrews were in constant danger of going backward because of all the pressures in their lives. Sound familiar? The writer of this book wanted to emphasize the part they had to play, of holding tightly to God and trusting Him. God alone gives us the power to not waver and to make progress.
We also have a responsibility man-ward. We were never designed to go it alone. We get encouraged when we encourage others, and vice versa. God wired us to need each other. There are ways to encourage each other without being together physically, but something extra special happens when we are physically together encouraging one another. It must be a priority, not an option.
- The writer of Hebrews is clear: we WILLwaver if we isolate instead of integrate. It is easy to neglect getting together. Prayerfully consider how you can layer in more connection with other Christians. Invite someone to dinner, initiate meeting for coffee, or even be purposed about lingering after church and having meaningful conversations. It does take energy and must be pursued, but the benefits out-weigh the cost.
- What is a way you could motivate another Christian today? The writer of our passage makes it very clear…you have to “think of ways.”
- If I were going to translate verse 25 into 2020 language, I think it would say, “Make attending church every week a number one priority.” Every time you are in a service with other believers…singing, praying, and digesting the taught Word…you are giving the Holy Spirit even more opportunity to work in your heart. It builds us up as we worship together.
- It is easy to get sloppy in our exhausting world, but we must trust God enough to organize our life around His will, instead of His will around our life. Priorities reveal our heart.
- Verse 23 reminds us to trust God. Taking steps of faith strengthens our trust.
- Ask God to show you some creative ways to connect with other Christians this week. Then sit and listen in contemplative prayer. Make time to hear Him in your heart. Write down what He shows you and use it as a checklist. When something such as connection doesn’t come naturally for you, it takes overcorrecting for a season to actually build it into your life. If you ask Him, He will be faithful to do it.
- Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NIV)