Read Hebrews 10:24-25
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT)
One of the common phenomena in today’s church is how “irregular” our regular churchgoers attend church. Some older people seem to have a higher degree of regular attendance, but more generally, we tend to meet together when it suits us.
Our text today reminds us that meeting together is not some optional extra or a grudging duty. We gather with fellow believers to encourage one another to follow Jesus. Being such a follower can be a challenge and we are not meant to do it alone. So this text is far more than a demand that we “go to church”. It is urging us to support one another.
Of course, this is not confined to Sunday meetings: we can gather at all sorts of times in all sorts of places. And it is sadly true that some Christian gatherings do not motivate us to follow Jesus better. They can be guilt-inducing exercises or boring lectures or a bit of a sound and light show. In which case, we need to find a gathering which will, in fact, help us love Jesus and others more.
Whenever we gather, it is good for us to both receive and give encouragement to one another. To cultivate an authentic relationship to God and each other. Growing in maturity is hard work, which is why Christianity is a team rather than a solo activity.