Spur one another
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
God calls every believer to a life of worship. This was made possible through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ when His blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin. “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place” (Hebrews 10:19-20). From the text, life of worship includes spurring one another. We are exhorted to cause a stir; the one that leads to love and Christian activity. Such stirring cannot be done from a distance. Human nature changes little and the temptation to keep aloof from fellowship happened in the first century as much as in the twenty-first. Christianity is an experience of fellowship. It needs a society, ordained and established by God, in which to express oneself. Withdrawing from the Christian community and staying away from the gathering of believers will not meet this need for the Christian. People have given many reasons as to the absence from church attendance. There was unawareness of the truth about the importance of togetherness in the work of the gospel. There was a spirit of superiority believing that ‘I do not need others.’ There was a fear of being counted among the religious fanatics. Or it came from natural laziness, not wanting too demanding of a commitment. The author of Hebrews included in the admonition that spurring one another is a must for “the day of His return is drawing near.” We all need the mutual encouragement of one another gathered together in worship. No matter how we think of ourselves as mature or sheltered person, we all need genuine encouragement. Meeting together as a church is not so much an event to which one goes to get something. We go to a fellowship in which we gather to share. We motivate one another to participate more in the difficulties of each other and help one another to pick up the pieces of life and go on. We come together with increased determination in spite of the odds for we know that we are not alone in our journey in life.
Noel De Guzman