Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. Hebrews 3:12-13 NLT
Once a person professes faith in Christ, life should demonstrate the reality of such profession. Christians’ real profession of faith will not allow their hearts to be overcome with evil and unbelief for they were part of their old life to which they confessed, admitting that they have sinned and now made a commitment to live the life that God has given them. They will not turn away from the living God. We cannot just claim we are Christians and still be comfortable living our lives as if God does not exist. We should endure in our commitment to God and refuse to “be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” True believers will not deny their faith and commitment to Christ. The writer of the book of Hebrews gave this stern warning to those who are considering living their faith. If they will turn away from Christ and deny their faith, they probably have never been in the faith. The God whom we worship and serve, because we have trusted Him as Lord and Savior, is in constant communication with His children through His Word and the Holy Spirit. So, a true child of God will have no reason to abandon the One who constantly provides His loving presence. We will be in great peril if we are disregarding our need of having a relationship with God. The writer of Hebrews, then, reminded believers to encourage one another. In times of trials, it will not be good for believers to isolate themselves from other believers. Such fellowship will provide reassurance to one another that they need not be overwhelmed by life’s challenges. When they come together for worship, their hearts will be reignited expressing commitment and hope. Christians grow better if they are in fellowship with other believers. Being in fellowship with one another prevents a believer to retreat in isolation and half-heartedness that could result to compromise to temptations thus, “be deceived by sin.” When you are alone, you will feel unaccountable and it will be tempting to take easier path even if it is not in accordance with godly principles. “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 10:25).