FRIDAY, MAY 7
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)
BREAKING THE BARRIERS TO A LOVING HEART: LINK UP WITH MY SPIRITUAL FAMILY
A young fellow who was fed up with church went to see this wise old Christian in his cabin to get some advice. He told him all the things that were bothering him about church, and how he felt that he would be better off without the company of other Christians. As he was speaking, the old man silently took the fire tongs and removed a red-hot glowing coal from the middle of the fire and set it on the hearth. The coal glowed for a while, but eventually dimmed and turned black. He let it sit there a while and then took the tongs and placed the coal back in the middle of the fire. Within seconds the coal was glowing red hot once again. The young man took the wordless lesson and left determined to stay with church. Just as coals soon burn out when they are removed from the company of other coals, we will not last long in the faith if we are removed from true fellowship.
The New Testament church knew they needed each other to keep their flame hot for Christ. The church was “devoted” to coming together. The imperfect tense of the verb means this was ongoing, occurring over and over, again and again. All Christians were called to be a part of the church body as they grew in their faith.
The CoronaVirus pandemic has created challenges with gathering as a church. However, at Northstar Church, we still believe the church is God’s designed place to experience authentic community. Our Sunday worship gatherings and our small groups are two of the best places to link up. To learn about small groups visit https://northstarchurch.org/next-steps/#groups. To learn about church membership visit https://northstarchurch.org/next-steps/#membership
Thank God for giving you a local body of believers to encourage you in your walk with Christ. Ask God to grow your understanding of the value of continually meeting with a church family.