Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. (Hebrews 10 vs 24-25)
“It’s the last game of the season. Of course, I’m going.” “It’s my favorite show. I’ll never miss it.” “Work has been stressful. I need a weekend to relax.”
Most of us would agree that life is busy. Not only do we have our responsibilities at work and around the home, but we are bombarded with so many options as to how to spend what little “free” time we have. Should we go to the movies? Watch a game? Maybe do some shopping? And let’s not get started with the kid’s activities. There are so many choices, and so little time.
But what should be your priority? As long as we get our work done, does it really matter how we spend our time? Our passage today gives us our priority: members of the body of Christ should be getting together on a regular basis. And not only for fun and games, though there’s a time for that, but for the purpose of encouraging one another in our relationship and walking with the Lord.
The most obvious place to meet is in the church. Regular attendance and participation is vital for the success and the effectiveness of community outreach and for our overall worship. There are also small group settings in homes where couples can really connect with, minister to, pray for, and serve with other couples on a deeper level. We may not always think so, but each of us has much to give the church, and God has designed us to be an integral part of the body. (1 Corinthians 12 v 14-18) So let’s make being with other believers a priority. And if your neighbors see you and think, “they always go to church,” take it as a compliment as to how much you love being with God’s children.
LOVE IN ACTION
What are you involved in at church that help strengthen your marriage? In what ways has that involvement, whether you’re serving together or attending a class together, helped you remember why you love your spouse?
In addition to church, what are some other ways you can spend time with fellow believers? Inviting a family for dinner? Planning an activity together? Pick one, make it happen and enjoy the fellowship.
P R A Y E R
Lord God, you are very much a part of our relationship and we know that you designed us to need the body of Christ. Please give us a great desire for the type of fellowship that will encourage our love for you as well as for each other.