“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
Walking through this world is hard. Each day we move through life awash in an environment filled with fleshly lust, anger, worldly attitudes and much hopelessness. The people we encounter are grounded in the Now, the situation before them and it is all they see. It all seems cloudy and, at best, overcast.
Life satisfaction in the world is based on ones success in acquiring stuff. Sadly the stuff loses its luster and needs to be replaced by the latest stuff. Like it says in Ecclesiastes, it is all vanity. When one cannot
I notice when I go out I see so few people smiling. They all seem to be grimacing as they ponder the reality of life based on things that are fleeting. Some have the look of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of life and death. It is hard not to pick up on the emotions surrounding us.
I have a monthly need to go to the hospital for an infusion of a anti rejection drug. I use Paratransit for my ride to and from. Often there is waiting after I am done.
As a believer I am aware that I am being watched. People who know I belong to Jesus are looking for that difference, that thing that sets me apart. “You are always smiling!”, stated a young woman who transports patients around the hospital. She watches me intently.
Sunday is coming.
We are being watched. People in a world sinking in sin and hopelessness are looking for something else. Once we acknowledge this we must make sure that we are mindful of where our joy comes from. I look forward to my opportunities to fellowship with other believers. That is where I get built up for the daily walk in the world. I have the opportunity to minister and be ministered to by others. I get to hear what God is doing in other people’s lives and find encouragement. I hear prayer needs and have the opportunity share my own. I am fed by the sermon and the teaching of the word. I brush up against other believers and find my rough edges rounded as the Lord uses others to refine day by day. This faith is not worked out in a vacuum.
Sometimes there is humbling that comes with fellowship. When humans come together there is going to conflict, strife and issues of the heart. When dealt with in the Spirit, God is glorified. That can only happen if you are there. There is always that temptation to flee rather than be humbled. It just prolongs the pain. I have found that the Lord is relentless in completing His work and one may flee one place only to have the same problem somewhere else.
Monday is coming
I need to be fortified to face the world. When I look at the world we live in and how things appear to be eroding I am more deliberate in attending and even more deliberate in my fellowship. I exhort and am exhorted to be bold in walking by faith in this fallen world.
The next person you see may be on the edge of the abyss, teetering toward an eternity in hell and yours might be the witness that makes the difference. Regular fellowship gives you the tools and the fuel to meet the divine appointment with confidence.
The Day is truly approaching.