On this blog, I write alot about the church. I mean, the title of the blog is “The Assembling of the Church,” so what else should you expect.
But, sometimes, we can all fall into the trap of thinking of the assembling of the church as a once per week thing (or even twice or three times).
However, when we read Scripture, we see a different picture. Consider just this one snippet of Scripture from the Book of Hebrews:
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13 ESV)
In that passage, the author tells his readers to help one another so that they (individually or together) do not become hardened to sin. But, to the point of this post, he tells them to do this daily. Not weekly; but daily.
When reading through Scripture, it doesn’t take long to see a pattern: we need each other in our lives daily. Getting together once per week – even in a highly participatory meeting – will not give us opportunities to love, teach, care, share, admonish, encourage, etc. one another as we need for our spiritual growth.
No. The interaction must be more often and more personal than we see in most church meetings. We need others to ask us the hard questions about our own lives, and we need to ask others hard questions about their lives.
Of course, this all assumes that we are willing to share our lives with one another, and that we are willing to make the extra effort (and give up much personal or family time and energy and resources). To be honest, many are not willing. Many are not willing to open their lives to other people, and they are not willing to step into other people’s lives that are opened to them.
But, we need this. It’s not just a good idea; it is the way that God has chosen to work in and through us. Paul wrote that we grow when our lives are knit together and function together like muscles and ligaments. And what happens if we are not knit together in this fashion? We don’t grow.
If you look around the landscape of the church today, you’ll see many, many, many immature Christians. We are not growing.
So, how are you planning to encourage others today? What? Planning? Yes, planning. We must be intentional.
How are you planning to encourage others today? What about tomorrow?
How have others encouraged you day to day?
(Please share… these are not rhetorical questions.)