During this pandemic, our services have been forced to close and we have grown used to looking for ministry online. It is good that we can still hear God’s word, but there is a danger that we become used to this way and forget that we are not called to be private believers, but we are called to be a community.
Today’s verse says: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…” (Hebrews 10:24)
The verse starts with “And”. In the context this means “also.” So verse 23 says: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope…” Verse 24 starts “and.” In other words, you are not just to seek to strengthen your own faith but also the faith of others.
Next, verse 24 says: “Let us consider.” So this is for the whole church not just the leaders.
Then it says: “consider how…” So we need to carefully think about how we can encourage other Christians. One of the best ways we can start doing this is by praying for them. As we pray for them, we think about them and their needs.
Finally it says, “to stir up one another to love and good works.” “Stir up” is like poking a fire or a barbecue to get it burning hotter. So we are to think about how we can “poke” one another so that love grows and our brothers and sisters desire to do good works for God’s glory.
This is hard at the moment when we don’t see each other. But why not send a message to someone today to encourage them? Why not make a phone call? Or send a card with a scripture that will do someone good so that their love for Jesus grows?