Bible Reading: Hebrews 10
Insight: “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.” (Heb 10:25)
Insight one: Under what circumstances does a Christian’s spiritual life tend to become idle and weak? It is when they give up meeting together, and gradually lose contact with the church, and lose brothers’ and sisters’ exhortation and encouragement. Or even if they go to the church, what they are seeking for is to benefit from Jesus, not to know Jesus better; they are for self-realization, not for living out Christ; they are for the glory of man, not for the glory of God. If the motivation for pursuing is wrong, sooner or later spiritual life will be slack, and if you do not advance, you will step back.
Insight two: Why does the Bible command Christians “not giving up meeting together “? Because not meeting together is practically the same as giving up the encouragement and help of other Christians. Brothers and sisters encourage each other, uphold each other, and build up one another in love during the time of gathering. In the era of Christ’s return, Christians will face more spiritual struggles, suffering, and even persecutions. We should not use difficulties as an excuse for not attending church meetings. When encountering all kinds of trials, we must rely on the Lord to stand firm and to participate faithfully in the gathering to witness the Lord.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for establishing the church and calling Your children. You make the brothers and sisters to walk together along the narrow way towards heaven. Thank You also for often placing me in a difficult and complicate environment so I can experience that all things work together for good for those who love God. Please strengthen me, in this troubled era, move forward courageously, never step back, and cherish every gathering opportunity to draw near to God. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!