Written by: Tim Wood

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 ESV)

 These verses make it clear that we are better together. Contained in this passage is a negative command and a positive command. The negative command: don’t neglect meeting together.  We need each other.  We go farther when we meet together. The positive command: encourage one another. When we meet together encouragement is top priority. God knows we all need encouragement.

We encourage one another by “stirring up one another to love and good works.” Notice that this verse doesn’t just call us to stir up one another but to consider how to do it. We should be thinking of ways to stir up our brothers and sisters in Christ. Encouragement should be pre-meditated. The word “stir up” literally means to sharpen an edge. Meeting together with other believers in faith filled community is a call to be proactive in sharpening the edges of our spiritual life. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron and so one person sharpens another.”

Meeting together is an important ingredient to stirring up one another. We can’t encourage people if we don’t see them. We can’t sharpen edges if we don’t know what’s going on in someone’s life. We can’t pray effectively for one another if we don’t meet together. Meeting together stirs up and strengthens the body of Christ.

Everyone faces challenges. Financial challenges. Family challenges. Career challenges. We need each other to make it through the challenges of life. This is why the Bible commands us to meet together and to encourage one another.

We’re better together. Are you in a small group faith community that encourages you in your walk with Christ? I’m praying that you will pray and consider meeting together with other believers. It’s part of our vision and it’s for your good and God’s glory!