Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)
Wow is there a lot in these two small verses! What is the confession of our hope? Jesus. Go back and read the verses that lead up to this passage. Jesus made a way for us to enter directly into the throne room of God. With the promises of God – through life with Jesus Christ – we have great hope for eternity! Hallelujah!
But then he follows this with “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”. Well let’s consider that! How do we stir one another up? Well it could be by setting an example for others. It could be by challenging each other to reach higher and dig deeper into the things that God has for us. It could be to go together. Seriously, don’t you have more courage when there is a brother or sister in Christ right beside you when you are stepping out in faith to what God has called us to do? Love and good works!
And then he says “not neglecting to meet together (as is the habit of some)”. Let me just say that after being away from my Church family for a month, the reality of this scripture is raw with me. We truly are the body of Christ, and when one of our members is cut off for whatever reason, part of the body is missing. Now what part of your body would you like to go missing? How about an eye, or maybe a finger? And when a finger is separated from the body it is of no use. I need to be connected to the body. I need to be meeting together on a regular basis to be connected. We can’t just be living our lives apart from the church and expect that an hour each week (some get less than this) will keep you intimately connected to the body of Christ to be functional.
BUT (he says), encouraging one another. This is my favorite part! Oh beloved don’t we all need a bit of encouragement each day!? I know that I certainly do. Especially on this past journey. Strapping on a 20lb backpack first thing in the morning to a weary body that was over it really took some encouraging. This is such an easy thing to do when we are connected because we’ve been meeting together. Actually, most often we do it without even trying. However, we can tell when we’ve neglected to meet together when we need to “catch up” with one another. Then our time is spent filling in the highlights rather than encouraging one another in the trenches.
And finally, “and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”. Well what on earth does that mean and why is Day capitalized? Well, I’m glad you asked! The Day in question here I believe is the Day of the Lord – the second coming of Jesus Christ! Now how can we see this Day drawing near? Well, God has given us plenty of clues to watch for in His Holy Word. All throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament are clues to the coming of the Day of the Lord. He tells us over and over to be ready and to be watchful. And here he is telling us to encourage one another and meet together all the more as we see the signs of the approaching time. Oh beloved the signs are there. Be watchful. Be ready. Be encouraging one another and for goodness sakes be meeting together!
So go grab a sister or brother in Christ and start watching – read and study your Bibles so that you are ready. Encourage each other to do great acts of love and good deeds in the name of Jesus so that all who are chosen and elect will be together with us for eternity. We have work to do. Be encouraged. Press on.