Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25 NASB
It is important for believers to know what they believe, to have a personal relationship with Jesus, and to follow His leading to fulfill their unique calling.
But the Bible also stresses the importance of interaction with other believers. Recognize that each of us is part of the same body. We need other believers, and other believers need us.
Each of us is to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering” (v. 23). In many ways, this is an individual matter. But holding fast can be strengthened through our relationships with other believers.
Through these relationships, we find people who have gone through challenges like those we have faced. This process can help us recognize weaknesses and mistakes. We can be reminded of Scriptural principles that we might have forgotten or neglected.
Second, we are to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (v. 24). The interaction puts us in a position to be a source of inspiration for others, examples for them to follow, and reminders of the impact when we apply Biblical principles.
As Jesus has changed our lives, we can help spread His influence. We can demonstrate the truth and the power of the Gospel. The result will be an increase in “good deeds” as more and more believers let their “light shine” (Matthew 5:16).
Be sure you are fulfilling your place in the body of Christ.
PrayerFather, use me in the lives of others. Show me how You want me to fit into the body of Christ. In His name, amen.
Extended ReadingHebrews 10