And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
The third ‘let us …’ statement from Hebrews 10 is : Let us … spur one another on’ The image is of individual Christians encouraging each other in their faith. Everyone needs encouragement, so don’t be afraid to encourage those around you.
As before, the Greek word used here that is translated as ‘spur one another on’ is rich in meaning. It could be translated as ‘provoke’, ‘stimulate’, ‘goad’, ‘incite’, ‘sharpen’, ‘rouse’ or ‘stir up’. Each of these possible meanings gives the impression of a church where the membership is excited by the possibility for each individual to express their love and gifts positively. Is this the way in your fellowship? Do you look out for others in the congregation, seeking to develop their gifts? Do others look out for you?
Hidden in the text is another ‘let us …’ statement that many people today would prefer not to be there. It is – ‘Let us … not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing …’ I have heard it said so often that you don’t need to attend church to be a Christian. While this might be technically correct, we need to ask ourselves how we can be an encourager, or how can we allow others to encourage us, if we decide not to attend church. It is within the fellowship of God’s people that real encouragement can be given and received.
What an image of the potential of the church is given in the Hebrews 10 ‘let us .. ‘ statements! A church that is close to God, confident and sure of what it believes, and encouraging its members to use their gifts positively.
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