“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together…” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
“I missed you at church Sunday.” I know the warmth of the love in these words spoken by Christians to those who skipped worship services. The sweetness is genuine concern for others. We want to stir you to love. We want to stir you to obey God. We want to encourage you.
There are blessings the Lord gives you in the church assembled that you cannot have alone. Skipping church starves your heart and mind from the cravings the Lord has given your new heart and renewing mind. We need our love stirred by other followers of Jesus. We need our hearts stirred to obey the Lord. We need Godly interaction for spiritual growth and delight in the Lord. The command of grace to love one another is tasted and seen as good when we regularly meet together.
God commands us to regularly meet together with the focus on how to meet: to stir our love and good works, to serve one another and bear one another’s burdens. Often, our brokenness inclines our hearts to want to skip church. But a genuine church is genuine people gathering because of Christ’s redeeming work. Can we meet regularly and be authentically broken together?
It is unhealthy for you to miss the worship gathering, but we too miss out on a blessing. You see, we love you personally. If we do not know you yet, we desire to love you personally. We want the real you, to encourage your walk following Jesus. As a church, we are blessed when we obey Jesus’ command to love His disciples.
Whether you have wandered or are going through a trial or rough season, come to worship services. Your spiritual starvation is a yearning to grow in His grace with us. The gloom of our dense spiritual fog is lifted in the warm communion of the saints gathered to adore Christ together.
Heavenly Father, Your holy Word commands us to love one another. We love with Your love. Fill our hearts with the love of the Father that first loved us, the love that sent our Savior while we were yet sinners. May our genuine fellowship in Your rich mercies stir the hearts of Your people to Your glory. In the precious Name of Christ. Amen.