It is true we often forget how important our need for community really is. We can dismiss or neglect our family of faith so easily, like taking off a jacket or sweater, because is not actually connected to us. So, on and off it goes, depending on the season and if we feel we need it or not. Some feel deeply this way regarding gathering together as a church to worship and learn of God and His love for us. They can take it or leave it, at least until trouble or tragedy strikes. Unfortunately, they eventually just leave it without any sense of loss. The sad part is, they seem quite content in their cold isolation and loneliness. It has been said, “The worst part of missing church, is that one day, you won’t miss church at all. Think about it.
So, what do we need to do to fix it? Get over ourselves and our plans and reorder our priorities with our faith at the center. Whether we are going to church in person or are in a situation where we are needing to gather online, make sure you are there and engaged. Now unplanned and difficult things do happen. So, from time to time we are unable to be in church and that is understandable. We just can’t make it a habit. The writer to the Hebrews says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23–25).
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at this admonishment here in Hebrews together and seeking to glean practical lessons we can apply to our everyday walk with God. So here is the homework. Take time this week to read this passage over and ask God to speak to you as you seek to commit it to memory.