Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
Church, small group home gatherings, retreats and special events – these are NOT supposed to be “we’re better than you” club events or charity meetings because if this is so we may as well join the Elk’s club. Instead, God wants us to cheer each other on, offer friendship and caring while we teach and learn together about what it takes to follow Jesus. We should do this, keeping the inevitable end forever in our minds: Everyone will face God and must answer for their life. God is not pleased with a life dedicated to self-interest but is pleased with a life dedicated to His interests. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in our own self-centeredness so that we miss God’s interests. Gathering together keeps us sharp. In our culture, Sunday morning is for sleeping in and evenings are for recreation so it is tempting to give up gathering with other Christians. The truth is there is no easy solution to knowing God and growing in Him – it takes continual decisions to live obediently. God has provided relationships with other Christians as a key support for these decisions. Let’s not neglect to gather together each and every week possible.