Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
You have made an important discovery about your life of faith. Can you tell me what discovery you have made? I have learned that I was not designed to live a solitary life of faith. What does that mean? It is foolish to think that I don’t need others to encourage me in my life of faith. Not only do I need to receive encouragement, but I also need to give encouragement to others as I walk on my faith journey with you. You made me to live in relationship with others. Yes, I did. Over time, I have heard many say that they don’t need to gather together in a body of fellow believers. They maintain that they can worship you alone, by themselves, in the beauty of nature, by the ocean or in the mountains or in some other majestic part of your creation. Those times of worship are important and very special. But they are no substitute or replacement for gathering together with fellow believers to worship you. Why is that? What happens when a body of believers gathers together? You are in the midst of every gathering together of your followers. Yes, I am. Say more. I know one thing for sure. What’s that? You speak into my life when I gather together with fellow believers. You speak to me through the teaching of your word. You speak to me through the expression of prayers. You speak to me through the worship celebration. I never cease to be surprised what you have for me, to receive from you, as I have gathered together with fellow believers. There is more, however. What’s that? It is a dangerous decision to fail to gather together with fellow believers. Why is that? Gathering together with fellow believers is one way that you have guarded and guided my life. I have received a good deal of wise counsel as I have lived in relationship with fellow believers. I have needed to have my thoughts and opinions and values tested by others who are faithfully following and serving you. You have spoken into my life through the wise counsel of fellow believers. You have kept my life on course as I have gathered together with fellow believers. You have kept me moving forward with you as I have gathered together with fellow believers. It is very good that you have learned these lessons.
So, what will you do as a result of the important lessons you have learned? I will make meeting together in a body of believers a regular and consistent practice and pattern in my life. I will never give up on meeting together with fellow believers as I walk through life with you. That will be very good.
Lord, I know that I was not designed to live a solitary life of faith. I know that you want me to be deeply rooted and fully connected in a local body of believers. I will make gathering together with fellow believers a regular and consistent pattern in my life of faith. Amen
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