Considering One Another
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 (Heb 10:24–25).
Dear Gateway Family,
These verses caught my attention while I was reading through some of Hebrews this morning. How puzzled the writer would have been if he could have seen future believers in 2020 living out the teaching of this verse through meeting together online! But in obedience to the Lord, we struggle to do exactly what the author says. We “consider”—a word that means “carefully discern”—how exactly to be together, so we can admonish and encourage one another in our context, in our time. And we are to do so even more as we see the Day drawing near.
I don’t know about you, but for me the events of the past few weeks remind me how quickly the whole world can focus on the same events and how governments can take control of people’s lives in a way that we are not used to in this country. And it makes me wonder how far we are from the “Day.”
So let’s consider ways to stir up love and good works in one another and encourage one another even in this unusual time—especially in this unusual time!—though some of those ways are unprecedented.
First, it’s a great encouragement to one another to join online, if you are able. I could just tell you to watch another pastor’s sermon on a webcast—there are a lot of great preachers you can listen to on Sundays, and that’s not a bad idea. But that’s not what the Lord is asking us to do in these verses. He is asking us to consider “one another.” If you have internet access, you can click this link a little before 11:00 and join with one another for a time of worship and encouragement from the Word. [ CLICK HERE any time after 10:55am Sunday ]
This medium has its limitations, naturally; it’s not like actually being in the same room together and talking freely. But it was a great encouragement to see everyone on Wednesday. Even if “hide” your video feed, we still see your names and know you are listening in.
Second, take time this week to contact one or two people in our assembly—maybe someone you haven’t spoken with in a while—and check in on them. Share some Scripture you have been reading or ask how you can pray for them. Sometimes you do not realize what some of your brothers and sisters are going through right now, and how much of an encouragement you can be to one another. It may be that the situation in our country gets much worse for all of us before it gets better. So, what a wonderful opportunity to live out the teaching of Hebrews 10 in creative ways as we hold fast to Christ together! Whether we realize it or not, the Lord knows that we need this.
Grace in Christ,