“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Heb 10:24-25 (ESV)
COVID has impacted many aspects of all of our lives. Included is communion with other believers. Contact with other Christians is not merely suggested: it is commanded. The original Greek for “neglect” is strong in that we are not to “abandon or forsake” meeting together. One reason is in verse 24, in that we are to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”. This regular contact is for fellowship, mutual support and sharing, and for discipleship.
In this day, we have options for virtual meetings. I’ll ask, when watching a movie, how much interaction do you have with the actors or director? Similarly, a virtual worship service or preaching is a different experience than being present live. Also, just being with other believers helps to overcome the danger of getting caught in our own echo chamber and not seeing ourselves as we truly are. As Hebrews 3:13 encourages us: “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
As Kingdom men, with our families, we need to build up our local churches, which influence our communities which build together to make our nation. So if we are not building up our local churches, then where is the Church’s ability to influence? Churches are a critical part of God’s battle plan for changing this world and as a Kingdom man I need to consider how I am building my local church. Not talking about a building with a steeple, but talking about me with family, friends and pastors that lead their flock.
Personal note from the Author: Until recently I had been virtual only. After strong encouragement from God & friends, I feel the difference being in person makes.
Daily Battle Order: Choices have pluses and minuses. If meeting virtually is your best option these days, then understand what is missing and consider how you can “stir up one another to love and good works”. Whichever choice, you need to celebrate, worship and extend deeper into community; you need to be in a community of believers and the community of believers needs you.