Think, Act, Be, Day 31-Hebrews 10:19-25
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together.
Just as Jesus came to earth as the body of a man, he calls the church to be his body in the world. So much of life is disembodied. We see a screen on the wall giving us images of reality. We receive electronic messages (like this one) that come from another person. It’s just words on a screen until received from a real person. We receive a (supposedly) frantic text message from a loved one that can be read in a thousand different ways—until we actually talk to that loved one to see if they’re ok. Even Facebook rarely gives us pictures of the “real world.”
That’s why Hebrews writes let’s not give up the habit of meeting together. Hebrews is not advocating more meetings; the preacher wants us to meet, face to face, body with body. Something happens when we’re together that could not have happened apart from each other. Wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is with us. That can only happen when you bring yourself.
19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.