Rev. W.D McClung, II
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
RESTATING THE TEXT: "Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
OPENING THE TEXT:
The above story may have put a grin to your lips, but for many believers their presence in corporate assembly with the saints of God, is seen only on the "high and holy" days of the faith.
The writer of Hebrews has listed three preceding directives before he comes to the one he mentions in Hebrews 10:25. They are: (1). Let us draw near to God (v.22). (2). Let us hold firmly to our hope (v.23). (3). Let us stir up one another to love and to do good deeds (v. 24). The fourth directive is, "Let us not give up meeting together..." (v. 25).
By the use of the words "so much the more", there is a sense that our assembly together should not be neglected and it should remain "frequent."
Individually, we each need to gather for worship, prayer, the study of God’s Word along with ministry and witnessing. Collectively, we need each other’s presence, fellowship, strength and encouragement.
The phrase, "as you see the Day approaching", refers to the Lord’s return. Even in the early church some had fallen out of fellowship, and in this verse we are encouraged to "exhort one another" toward remaining attentive to our attendance.
There may be two reasons why one forsakes the assembly. First, they may have seriously fallen away from the faith by becoming re-entangled with the affairs of the world. Second, they may have become indifferent to the "need" to remain active as a vibrant born-again believer and member of Christ’s body. How often have we heard the words, "Oh, I don’t need church, I am doing well at home on my own, and I even watch TBN every Sunday morning or whatever channels your favorite ‘bishop” maybe.
Whatever the reason is for non-attendance, they are God’s children and they remain our privileged opportunity for service. In the fruit of the Holy Spirit, we can reach out and touch them in genuine concern with the love of Christ. This is what the Hebrew writer directs us to when he says, "encourage one another."
I encourage each of you, to reach out to those who have not attended for whatever reason and “encourage” them to show up! If you are the brother or sister that we have not seen, I reach out with the same love and concern that Jesus has shown to each of us! I encourage each of us to recommit ourselves as we provide evidence of a living faith unto salvation and for the glory of God.
SEE YOU THIS SUNDAY!