Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as in the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

A day is coming when your life on earth will be over, and as the song says, “only what’s done for Christ will last.”  The writer of Hebrews provides a word of warning as the Day approaches; a command for followers of Christ to stay together.

For many, church is simply a place you go, or meetings you attend, or a time to enjoy the company of friends.  Maybe it is a place you go to keep your moral compass grounded, or maybe just a duty to check off your list..  This familiar phrase may apply; “I’ll go to church because the kids need to hear about God.”  If you identify with any of these descriptions of church, you have missed the mark presented by this passage.

You may say, “I can worship without going to church.”  This may be true, but is also misses the mark.  The Christian life is not about “you”, it is about “others.”

The command is to consider one another and exhort one another.  Consider, that is to look after or be aware of, others in the body.  Exhort, encourage, lift up and be a help, to those in the body.  When these attitudes are right, the result will be love for others and good deeds will follow. 

The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone, but touching, feeling, embracing others within the body.  Someone used this analogy to compare two types of churches:  one was like a bowl filled with marbles, the other like a bowl filled with grapes.  When the bowls were shaken the marbles just crashed around and made a lot of noise, but the grapes were crushed and the fruit of the grapes came out.

What kind of church do you have here? What kind of Christian are you?

Ask the Father to help you be willing to be broken for others within your body.  Ask the Father to help you consider the needs of others in your church fellowship.

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