Stir up one another

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February 19, 2016 by Jon Law

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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 10:24-25

How crucial is the church in your understanding of Christianity? Is it an optional extra for people who really want to take their faith seriously? Is it a helpful addition but not actually necessary in your relationship with Jesus? Perhaps you think it is a perverse misunderstanding of all that Jesus hoped would follow after Him.

The Bible is clear that when you become a child of God, you instantly enter a family that includes all of His other sons and daughters. In fact, Jesus’ bride is the church! We can’t love Him and neglect His wife! We must not neglect meeting with other Christians.

A soldier fighting a war by himself is bound to lose. Surrounded by other soldiers, the odds of winning become far more likely! If costa only employed one person for each shop, to take the orders and make the drinks and clean up the shop floor and sort out the food, I would never go there again! I can’t wait more than three minutes for my coffee! A larger team makes the whole process run far more smoothly.

Likewise, you were never created to follow Jesus alone. Sometimes your ‘love’ will grow dry and you will need others to fan your heart into flame. Sometimes you will have no desire to do ‘good works’ and you will need others to challenge you and serve alongside you. Sometimes you will be ready to give up and you will need others to encourage you and restore your faith.

The Church may be imperfect, but that is kinda the point! We are a world-wide community of massively imperfect people whom Christ has saved, trying to make sense of what this means for us on this side of eternity! Church is a gift to you for your growth in the faith, and you are a gift to the Church as you serve with the gifts God has given to you.

Jesus Christ is coming back for us. Until then, love your family, stir them up to good works, and encourage their souls!

How can you love your church in a special way this week?


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