What is the importance of being a part of a local body of Christ? One thing should be the call to encourage one another. In Hebrews 3, the author calls us to “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Our call as brothers and sisters in Christ is to encourage one another daily. Not on holidays… not on Sundays… But daily. This speaks of the expected interconnectedness of the body of Christ.
This was also seen in the early church. Look at Acts 2 and you will see a body that was getting together daily. Did that mean that there were required church services every day? No. But people were regularly getting together with one another.
And why is it important to encourage one another daily? So that you won’t be “hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” There are many ways for sin to creep into our lives. When we are walking with one another, we can help one another see through the devil’s schemes, and keep our eyes focused on where they need to be…. on Jesus!
For us today, this should be easier than ever.
We can mail, text, post on a myriad of social media websites, call, visit, or enjoy a meal with one another. But this requires that we be connected with one another.
And everyone can use encouragement. From pastors and leaders to volunteers and attendees. We all need encouragement sometimes.
When was the last time you went out of your way to encourage someone, not just because you knew they needed it, but because it is what we are called to do?
Lord, we thank You for community. We thank You for creating the body of Christ. Help us to reach out to one another daily, as long as it is called today, that Your body might be encouraged and strengthened to be all that You called and created it to be. In Jesus’ Mighty Name…