Good morning everyone,
Everyday you wake up, there are a number of decisions that you have to make. Am I going to roll over and go back to sleep? Am I going to get up and face whatever is thrown my way? See, there are choices that each of us have to make whether we want to or not. If we decide no choice at all, we have in effect made a choice. The importance of trudging forward is a tough decision for many people but it is necessary! See, how you cope with your situation may be the catalyst for another brother or sister to decide not to give up! Hebrews 10:25 talks about the importance of fellowship with each other. 'Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.' Some people believe that they can serve the Lord effectively by doing their own thing. In other words, they don't necessarily have to go to a church building to worship. And they don't but it shouldn't really be all about themselves. They don't feel as though they need to interact with each other in a formal setting. What they don't realize is the importance of being connected. Verse 24 says, 'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.' When we take time out of our busy schedule to meet together as a body, we in effect say that I am being accountable for my brother and sister. There are many facets to corporate worship that are important. Preparation of your heart is the most important! Am I going to be sensitive to allow the Holy Spirit to direct me to someone who needs prayer? Touch is another area that is greatly overlooked. To touch a brother or sister on the shoulder and pray for their needs is powerful to say the least! See God created us to worship together so we can get out of our comfort zone so that we can encourage folks, pray for folks, and help them to realize that giving up is not an option! Yes, spur them on!! The next time you have the opportunity, make worshipping with your brothers and sisters your priority!
Your brother in Christ,