Don’t Try This On Your Own

August 13, 2020

24 And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, 25 not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

Written by Ben Hendren from the West Franklin Campus

A lot of things in life are not meant to be done alone. A bicycle built for two or a three-legged race are examples. A great joke is far better when you have someone to share it with. Even socks come in pairs. During this time of isolating due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I have been clearly reminded that God gives us a body of fellow believers to encourage us and to be encouraged by us. Although God gave us the Holy Spirit so we are never alone, we are designed to have community with those believers around us. If you are anything like me, you long for the opportunity to gather in person again for corporate worship and Christian fellowship.

The scripture today comes from Hebrews 10 and the section is titled “Exhortations of Godliness.” The dictionary defines exhortation as “an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something.” These are not suggestions or recommendations or “could do’s, if you have time.” The author is emphatically urging us to follow this text. I encourage you to reread this text and lean in to verses 24 and 25.

This exhortation by the author of Hebrews focuses on our relationships with other believers as we set about making new disciples. Verse 24 calls us to watch out for one another and to encourage them to love and good works. This is a place where we may use social media in a positive manner, highlighting positive actions by others which may inspire more people, or offering words of encouragement to someone who is going through a rough time. Be careful not to fall into the trap of negativity that is often seen today on social media.

Verse 25 tells us to gather together for encouragement. This unique time in our lives has limited our opportunities for in-person gatherings, but the Lord has provided opportunities for us to gather together online or through video conferencing, perhaps reaching people who never sought out worship events prior to now. I am grateful for a church that takes the safety and well-being of its members seriously and has established protocol to allow us to return to in person worship.

May we no longer take corporate worship for granted. Let us use our time to encourage one another as we set out to make disciples.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Whom do you need to encourage today? Has God placed a fellow believer on your heart that you need to connect with today?
  2. Is the Lord exhorting you to do something during this time of distancing? Are you avoiding a task that God is calling you to?

Family Activity

Pray together as a family. Have each member ask the Lord to place someone on their heart who could use encouragement. Maybe, for you, it’s a fellow parent trying to make difficult school decisions. Maybe, for your child, it’s a friend they haven’t seen in a while or a friend who is an only child. Maybe it’s a single adult in your church who lives alone.

Whoever the Lord puts on each of your hearts, spend time today praying for them, asking the Lord to give them encouragement. Take time to write a note to each person you prayed for; perhaps add a drawing by your younger children. A kind word, prayer, and spot of color can go a long way during this time when gathering in person is difficult. It is a small way that you can encourage others and point them to the ultimate encourager, refuge, and hope: Jesus.

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