“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
Hebrews was originally written to Christians who had converted from Judaism. These Christians came under fierce persecution and probably felt pressured to return to their old Jewish religion. The author lays out several arguments to show the Hebrews that Jesus is better than what their old Jewish religion could offer. He will show that Jesus is better than the angels and the Jewish priests, and that He is a true and better sacrifice. The writer is encouraging the believers to stay true to their new faith in Christ.
In these particular verses it appears that some believers have stopped meeting together, maybe out of fear. But the writer encourages them to continue meeting together. It is together that they can spur each other on. What they are facing is tough, but together they can stand strong and encourage each other.
As believers today we can read these verses and think about the importance of being in church regularly. We might not be facing the same struggles and challenges as those early Christians but we can face other types of struggles that might try and pull us away from each other. Maybe it is the struggle of laziness, maybe we get up on a Sunday morning and we just don’t feel like going to church. Maybe we had a busy Saturday and we just need a day to relax, so church on Sunday can just be skipped. If church is just something we go to when it’s convenient, I think we are missing what church is.
There are people in the world that face the possibility of death for just attending church. The simple response could be, then why go? They must see something important about going to church, much like the writer in Hebrews. Church is the gathering of believers to come and worship the God we owe everything to. Our focus, of course, should always be on God, but we specifically set aside Sunday as a time to gather with other believers and worship God. We need Sunday to help us Monday through Saturday. To think, “I don’t need to gather with the church,” is completely against any teaching in Scripture. We need each other and we need God, and Sunday is the day we gather at Faith Fellowship to return our attention to God together. When all else fades away, God is still there. Let’s continue to come together and worship God, laying aside the busyness of this world and meeting together to spur each other on. – Seth
“When the music fades, and all is stripped away,
And I simply come
Longing just to bring something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart
I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You, it’s all about you Jesus”