Today’s devotion is an excerpt from a Bible Study Series taught at Fellowship Baptist Church, titled “Biblical Building Blocks for Strengthening Relationships.”
Biblical Building Block #19 Consider One Another (Hebrews 10:24) – PART 2
Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…”
Gathering with God’s people is not first about being blessed but about being a blessing. It’s not first about getting but about giving. As we prepare to worship on Sunday morning, our first consideration should be to “provoke unto love and to good works.” We should approach Sunday deliberately, eager to do good to others, to be a blessing to them. In those times we feel our zeal waning, when we feel the temptation to skip out on a Sunday or withdraw altogether, we should consider our God-given responsibility to encourage “one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” This text is not about us, but about them. This text is not for Christian individuals but Christian communities.
It is a tragedy when people make the decision to cut back on their involvement with church, with witnessing, with giving, or with being a help and encouragement to others so they can “enjoy more leisure time.” This robs the church of what is meant to be a great source of wisdom and godly leadership. Those who have walked with God for many years have learned things which they can and should pass on to others. Rather than looking forward to the day when we can sit back and do nothing, we should be doing all we can to finish well. Just like in a race, there is enormous value to finishing well in life. The temptation is to let up and coast as we near the end. Society promotes this concept with the view of retirement as a time to sit back and take it easy. Yet the Bible instructs us to do more. Yes, there may be physical limitations as we age that will restrict what we can do, but there is no reason for a believer not to continue to grow and mature in spiritual matters throughout life.
We are to love them, to encourage them, and to stir them up in zeal until the day of Christ’s return.
1. Your Behavior can be CHANGED.
2. Your Battery can be CHARGED.
3. Your Backsliding can be CORRECTED.
4. Your Burdens Can Be CARRIED.
Faith flourishes when you are engaged with growing Christians in the household of God. Going to church should be a continual exercise in faith strengthening. It’s sad to see the amazing attendance in many churches on Easter Sunday, followed by a significant drop the following week. Why does that happen? Because too many people think, “I was just there last week!” They are missing an important weekly dose of fellowship that will spur their faith to grow. Is your faith struggling? You can almost always trace the problem to the absence of one of these factors: exposure and obedience to God’s Word, encouragement of God’s people, or involvement in worship. Leave any of these out and you will weaken your faith. Go to church, go every week. Don’t just make it a habit, make it your lifestyle. Some may object, “But my church is so stale!” Just make sure the problem isn’t with your attitude. If the pastor is not preaching the Word of God, find one where He does preach God’s Word. God is moving in the house every week in many places around the world. Go meet with Him and His people and fire up your faith! As Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Don’t forsake or neglect gathering with other believers. Your faith will flourish.
Which of those three faith boosters is currently the weakest of your commitments:
1.Exposure to God’s Word?
2.Encouragement of God’s people?
3.Engagement in worship?
Points to Ponder:
Questions to Consider:
Prayer, Lord, help me not to become self-centered and forget to think about other people’s needs. Often, I get so fixated on my own problems that I forget I am not the only person in the world who is struggling with a situation. Help me to take my eyes off myself and to look around me to see who needs a special word of encouragement. Holy Spirit open my eyes and help me be sensitive to recognize people who need a tender touch. I ask You for this work in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.
Thank you for reading PART 2 of Biblical Building Block #19 of this series. Please visit this website tomorrow for Biblical Building Block #20 of this series.
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