Read Hebrews 10
Focus on verse 24-25
Everybody needs a little encouragement now and again. It can come in many forms. Sometimes all we need to get through a tough time is for someone to be present with us in it. Sometimes we need some positive reinforcement, and occasionally, if it comes from a source we trust and care about, a little correction can be encouraging as well.
In today’s reading we are encouraged to consider ways to “stir one another up to love and good works”.
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. (v. 24-25)
It is interesting that the writer adds “not neglecting to meet together” at this point as well. The truth is, we need each other, even when we don’t like each other. In fact, perhaps more than ever when we don’t feel like being around each other. Satan’s objective is to destroy us any way he can. One of his most popular strategies is what I have called the “ divide and conquer – isolate and destroy” strategy. This strategy is rendered pretty much powerless when the church is gathered together, because Jesus promised that where two or three gather – He is there with us. When Jesus is present – Satan’s ability to deceive and destroy is seriously impeded. It makes sense then that Satan would seek to prevent us from spending too much time with the church. He has his best shot at us when we are alone, and particularly when we are alone and perhaps a little disillusioned with the church. This is when he plays games with our mind to attempt to deceive us. This is when we are most desperately in need of the presence and encouragement of the rest of the body of Christ to help us regain our perspective on truth.