Because of our standing with God the Father, as a result of Jesus, the author of Hebrews tells us to do three things:
1) Draw Near to God: God wants a relationship with us and we should want one with him. We need to seek him with all diligence to deepen our connection, to increase our spiritual intimacy.
2) Hold on to Our Hope: We acknowledge we have confidence in Jesus and know that God will do what he promised. We must never forget that.
3) Encourage Each Other to Love and Do Good: We are to spur one another on. To do so we must hang out with them. We must be in each other’s lives if we are to encourage one another. The Bible says, “…not giving up meeting together.”
Many people see this as a command to go to church on Sunday. Many preachers claim that is what this verse means, but it does not. It simply says we need to regularly get together with the goal of mutual encouragement. This can be in our homes, at a coffee shop, in a park, at the mall, going out to eat, and possibly even at church on Sunday morning. But before we jump to that conclusion, we need to ask ourselves how much encouraging we offer one another on Sunday at church.
Who do we encourage? Who encourages us? If the answer is no one, then I wonder if our Sunday morning meetings are in vain, missing what God has told us to do when we get together.
When do people encourage you? When do you encourage them? If this doesn’t happen at church, what needs to change?