FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
“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.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV
AN INTENTIONAL CONNECTION
The story is told of an old lady who had moved to the United States from Europe when she was a child, but now she wanted to officially become a citizen of this country. After months of going through all the necessary red tape, she was finally ready to take the required oath. “Raise your right hand, please.” She raised her right hand. “Do you swear to defend the Constitution of the United States against all its enemies, domestic or foreign?” was the first question. The little old lady’s face paled and her voice trembled as she asked in a small voice, “Uhhh…all by myself?”
Gathering with other believers was not a priority of some in the early church. Our early church fathers believed that the regular gathering of believers was essential for encouragement in living the Christian life. And the more they saw signs of the end times the more important it would be to gather regularly for encouragement. The same principle still holds true today. We need each other for encouragement if we are trying to follow Jesus in our culture.
An outstanding concert violinist found her energies consumed by peripheral matters. The violin received the tail end of her day or was neglected altogether. Success came when she made the decision to concentrate. “I deliberately planned to neglect everything else,” she said, “until my practice period was completed. That program of planned neglect accounts for my success.” Sometimes making one thing a priority means intentionally neglecting something else. When you think about spiritual matters in your life and spending time with other believers, would you say it’s a priority or it’s an area that’s neglected? Is there anything in your life you would benefit from neglecting for the sake of intentionally spending time gathering with other believers? Ask God to give you His insight.