Verse of the Day Devotion: Hebrews 10:25
“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.” – Hebrews 10:25
Throughout the new testament the gathering together with fellow believers was deemed an important thing to do. Why is this important? The writer of Hebrews tells us, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” Hebrews 10:23-24. Here, he is encouraging believers to stand firm in the faith. During the time of this writing, the church was experiencing strong persecution. The writer is encouraging them not to give up but remain faithful to God. He is faithful in His promises to them, promises which include always being with them, and when all this is over, they shall receive eternal life.
I am sure that there were some who were weak and struggled during this time of trial. Therefore, in the next verse we read, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” Hebrews 10:24. What he is saying is there is a need to work with fellow believers, especially those who are new believers, encouraging them to persevere in their Christian walk. The idea is that much can be accomplished in securing perseverance and continuation in the faith by mutual and loving exhortation. They were not to be arrogant, nor be selfish and look only at their own interests, but were to, in kindness, address the needs and concerns of each other. They were experiencing the same trials; however, some were stronger than others. Those who were stronger should endeavor to strengthen those who were not as strong, helping and encouraging them in the Lord and in the work they were called to. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4.
Therefore, it is important that we meet together regularly, both in public and private settings, to encourage each other to grow in the fear and instruction of the Lord. As our focus verse says, we are not to neglect getting together with our fellow Christians. Too often Christians, and I am sad to say, many churches, do not follow this idea. We must make ourselves available to get to know our brothers and sisters in Christ so that we can help them during difficult times. And get to know them Intimately, not just in a superficial way. They must know they can trust us if they are going to listen to us and share with us. And the reason for this is found in the last part of our focus verse, “and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25b. As persecution against Christians grow, we all are going to need each other to encourage us to remain strong. I am going to need all of you, and you are going to need all of us.
I want to exhort all of us to make time to get together with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need each other, and all the more as the end approaches. There are many of us who struggle and do not find it easy to share with just anybody. And who is to say that each of us is not that one person for someone out there? We must make it a point to be ready to help and encourage all who need our help during tough times. Many, when in weakness, begin to question their faith. Peter, in his first epistle, told us what we must do. “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” 1 Peter 3:14-16.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.