And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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 10:24-25 ESV
There’s a dull hum in the room. It’s Sunday, and the battles of the week have taken their toll. I tuck hair behind my ear and smooth my shirt, thankful the nervousness wanes as I fidget. This week, there are more days I’m aware of my failures than the truth His mercies are made new with every sunrise. It would have been easy to stay home instead of attending church. A friend comes over to my seat, gently asking about life. She is unaware He’s using her to tend to my heart.
We need each other. Our faith is our own, yet it’s strengthened by walking the road together. Some assembly is required. Coming together as the church collectively sets our faces on Him. When the Bride unites, she’s reminded she is whole by Him, through Him and for Him. In one room, we stand confidently aware of His leadership, every need met. Our circumstances differ, but our Lord is the same. The mother, breathless from getting kids in the car, finds breathless moments with her Savior. The college student, wondering if faith is borrowed from her parents, is taught He’s the way, truth and the life. The teenager, questioning if she matters, hears The Creator of the universe tell her she’s formed her by His hands. The unmarried one, learns He has chosen to walk alongside her, forever. The silvery, bowed head, remembers He still has good works planned in advance for her. Meeting together isn’t just for our benefit. Faithful community equips us to make His kingdom known. Sunday gatherings train us to invite others to know that, in Him, no one is ever unknown, unloved or unworthy. So whether we’re being poured out or poured into, may He be glorified in our response to “meet together!”
Father, thank You for showing me I’m a part of something greater than myself. May You be honored by my efforts to be in community. I love You so much! Amen
What are some ways your church gatherings tend to your heart? What are some ways you’re able to tend to others because of your church gathering together?