Memory Verse Challenge (Week 10) – Fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25)
by Kyle Cox, Former Director of the Rock @MBCLouduon
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV): 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
There’s a popular saying that we have a personal relationship with Jesus, which is a distinguishing mark of a Christian. For the longest time that meant my walk with Christ was mine and didn’t need to be interfered with or overlap with others. I think we all have a natural tendency to think of our spirituality as an individualistic thing. We pray, read our Bibles, fast, and do all of our other spiritual disciplines privately.
The problem is the Bible repeatedly gives us the same command that we find in Hebrews 10, our existence as followers of Jesus are not to be lived out individually in little boxes, but together in a body where Christ is the head of that body.
We take all our cues from the head of this body, from the gospel. When we model Jesus we see that he went to be with others. He left his throne and came to the place where we were. He stopped what he was doing in ministry to meet hurting people’s needs. Ultimately, his death made fellowship with God available to sinful man.
More and more I’ve found reflecting on the truth of the gospel will create a life that will not only honor the Lord but also be more satisfying. When I realize that all the good works that Christ did are now credited to me through his righteousness, I lose sight of trying to earn God’s favor and this personal relationship with Jesus beings to shift my focus toward others.
Real spiritual growth in our lives occurs when we look up to Christ and what he did on our behalf, then out to others and what they need. It will not happen if we’re stuck staring at ourselves and how we are doing. Martin Luther said it well, “God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does.”
Ask yourself does your spirituality, your relationship with Jesus, throw you deeper into yourself or does it cause you to live outwardly?
Fellowship is just the fancy Christian word for spending time together; Christ’s exhortation to us is to make the most of that time by centering it on spurring each other to pursue Jesus more passionately. The more time we spend reflecting the gospel to one another, the more we will desire to be together because we’ll be encouraged by the reminder of what our God did to save us and make us his children. Finally, it’ll create eager hearts that long for the return of our king to usher in an eternity spent with him.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for sending Jesus to pay for all that we’ve done against you and be our righteousness. As I consider the change you have done in me please create a heart within me that desires to see others around me changed as well. Give me your eyes to see opportunities to stir my fellow brothers to good works and love for you, amen.