“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24–25, NIV 1984)..
My Musings – “As some are in the habit of doing.” A habit is a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition. Acquired means gained by effort. Effort means conscious exertion. Conscious means critical awareness. A committed Christian does not unconsciously, without effort, fall into the habit of not regularly attending Church. Many reasons (excuses) are given for this, none of which can be supported by Scripture.
Rather than focus on the excuses, let’s focus on the positives of regular Church attendance. The above text provides two reasons: encouraging one another and stimulating each other to positive (love and good deeds) action. Things one cannot get in isolation. Here are a few more. Bear with another. Serve one another. Love one another. Challenge one another. Sharpen one another. Care for one another. Belong to one another. Commit to one another. Accountable to one another. Comfort one another. Complete one another. Worship with one another. Fellowship with one another.
“And all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Why wold this be increasingly important? Do we see the Day approaching? Do we see Church attendance declining? What’s wrong with this picture? Wake up Christians!
My Advice – The things mentioned above are all things that people generally crave. Things that we do not get (or are able to give), when we “give up meeting together.” Have you forsaken the Body? It’s about time for you to consciously make the effort to make regular Church attendance your habit once again. Whatever habit you have is your choice. Choose wisely. Choose community.
Today’s musing was inspired by Lead Teaching Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon on February 9, 2020. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.