Come together and give God your time.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 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: 23-25
Gathering together places believers in a position to encourage each other towards continued love and good works. Persecution comes in many forms. As we shared the Gospel with those who do not believe we ourselves may be persecuted or we may knowingly be placing someone in a position of future persecution. What the writer of Hebrews is reminding the Christian church in chapter 10 is that 1) the sacrifice of Christ is perfectly sufficient, and 2) God is faithful, and so our hope in Him is secure. As we gather together for Sunday worship, Bible studies, small groups, and other fellowships, let us remember to stir each other on to continue to love and do good works knowing that the sacrifice of Christ is true and our hope in Him is secure.
Slow down and give God your attention.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. – Psalm 1:1-2
As Christians our delight should be in the Lord. There are many other great and wonderful things in this world created by God for our enjoyment. God created mountains, beaches, animals, pets, clouds, oceans, friends, and family. But of all that was created, our delight should be in He who is the Creator. God spoke His Word and speaks to us as we continue to read what He has said. We should slow down each day and read the Bible in the morning, meditate on it during the day, and reflect on it again at night. With all that is vying for our attention each hour of the day, make the time to find delight in reading the Bible.
Cut back and give God your resources.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:14-17
In the entirety of the Bible, a house with many rooms is only mentioned once, and that is by Jesus referring to heaven. Is it contextual or convicting? Have you noticed the more space you have, the more items you accumulate to fill that space? It’s true with our time. If we aren’t spending our time with God, fellowship with believers, and telling others of Him, we are spending our time elsewhere. The same is true with our actions. James talks a lot about faith and works, hearing and doing. If we are not using our money and resources to help others and advance the Kingdom of God, then we are using it for other, likely selfish, endeavors. We should give our skills and money in service to God as a reflection of our faith.
Head out and give God your whole self.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” – Romans 10:13-15
As we gather together in fellowship, grow together in the knowledge of Christ, and give our resources to those in need, we must remember that there is still only one way that a person can come to faith in Jesus Christ, and that is by calling on His name. Romans simply says, the only way for a person to call on Jesus is if there is someone sent to tell them about Him. As we grow as a church, pray and ask God how you can be a part of the process. Pray for those who are sending others to share the Gospel, and pray for those who are being sent.