We are in the midst of a great war…a battle deep in enemy territory. Clothed in comfort and freedom and luxury, we are at risk of hard hearts, unbelief and lukewarm faith.
We love the stories of the beginnings of the early church…a community of believers on fire for Jesus, in constant fellowship, studying and praying and eating together...even amidst persecution. We crave radical sold-out living for Jesus, but do we do much to pursue it? The alternative is to position ourselves for deceit and falling away.
The writer of Hebrews warns, “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12-13)
We know our mission includes loving God and making disciples, but Hebrews is emphasizing the importance of Christian community; of deep relationship with other believers. To exhort one another. Every day. Lest we may be led astray in this great battle waging within us and around us.
Some of you may be great at Christian community, but if I am honest, I’ve let this one slip over the past year or so. This is a weakness for me in this season of my life. Though I have been in the past, I am not currently in a small group. Though I study the Bible a lot on my own and even teach it to teens, I am not part of a group of peers or mentors at this time. I love my church, but it is BIG and I haven’t taken steps to make it small. I pray often for friends and even strangers, but I am no longer part of a face-to-face prayer group. Today I am convicted by the message the Spirit has given me through Hebrews. What about you? We can’t fight this war on our own. We were meant to fight with and for each other, as fellow warrior, consoler, and cheerleader.
What is the most special part of Christian community in this season of your life?
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