Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers,[c] since we have confidence to enter the holy places 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 draw near 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 the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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 drawing near.
“Shall we just skip this morning? “
It’s a question we ask most Sunday mornings currently as we struggle with the reality of a newborn and Church on Sunday mornings. After only a few hours of sleep on Saturday evening we struggle with making it to church on Sunday mornings. I know I’m not the only one in this situation – whether it be those who have a hectic work week and consider Sunday a “day off” from the rigors of their career, the early morning after a night out on the town, or a hard week of child rearing and caring for others, Sunday morning comes like a cold drink of water on the face. It’s tempting to sleep in, catch up on social media, or just veg in front of the TV instead of heading out to Church.
Brent & I have been resisting the temptation and this Sunday morning as I stood with the rest of the congregation, blurried eyed and exhausted from the every hour feeding schedule of the night prior – I was encouraged, warmed in my heart as I heard the voices of the saints praising God and encouraging each other with the truth of our Faithful God. As a dear friend read scripture in his beautiful English accent I was awash with emotions of gratitude and thankfulness that he served on that day and read the word so faithfully. I was encouraged downstairs in the fellowship hall by a mother walking in the trenches with me, encouraging me to not give up “doing good” for my son. For it is in those moments when we are singing God’s truth to each other, giving those knowing looks to each other over the pews, sharing encouraging words with each other over fellowship hour – those are the moments when we live out Hebrews 10. We after all have a hope, a hope in Christ that is secure, regardless of our level of exhaustion, the fears that abound in our hearts, & the uncertainty of the way forward. He is our hope for the future, and the balm for our souls for today and we can place our faith firmly on His completed work for all that has happened. Our times together in small groups, in congregational settings stand as monuments and reminders for each other that we have a hope that will stand through the ages. As we stir each other on by our words, by our voices, by the reading of his word, we affirm and encourage each other to remember Him who is coming again. Note the lack of mention of emotions in this passage – there is no mention of “as you feel like it” or “when you feel up to it”.. No the command to be together, to cling to each other, to stir each other onwards is a command for each day -regardless of how we feel or what type of week we’ve had. Be encouraged saints that as you serve, sing, share, and attend on Sundays that your presence is fulfilling Gods’ plan for your life in His community and that just by showing up you encourage the weak, those who are faint of heart and those who need to hold on for one more day.