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.
If you are like me, I would imagine you are beginning to realize there is a new normal. Words and phrases are coming at us at lightning speed. Social distancing, isolation, self-quarantine, flattening the curve—all of these are terms that have special meaning in this pandemic as we take extreme measures to limit the potential outbreak.
During this pandemic and as we live by the rules which are being placed on us and recommended to us, how do we continue to live out the meaning of Hebrews 10:25?
I look so forward to the weekends. On Saturday night and Sunday, I get to be with my brothers and sisters in Christ and we have the opportunity to love on each other and together show our love for the One who is worthy of all our praises. The encouragement that comes into my life when I am together with God’s people is amazing—and I am sure it is for you as well.
That is part of what the author of Hebrews means here. It is important to get together to encourage each other. He is writing to a largely Jewish audience at a time when they have already felt the touch of persecution (10:32-34). They will need to live by faith (10:38), and they will need to stand strong, not shrinking back (10:39). Part of what will help them do that is getting together, encouraging each other—even as the Day approaches.
Therein lies hope and a challenge. The author of Hebrews tells his listeners to encourage each other, as they meet together, with more fervor because the day of the Lord is closer now than it was before. The Day of the Lord’s coming is even closer for us. Jesus is coming again. It will be a time of glory and judgment.
So, back to the question. How do we meet together during the pandemic? Differently than we did before and with even more intentionality and creativity! Start now planning how you can make the worship time special for you and your family. Get ready. Here are some suggestions—think of others on your own! Talk about it with others.
Have Sunday school time with your kids. Prepare your hearts to be together electronically. Have your breakfast ahead of time—or fast from breakfast to prepare your hearts. Don’t watch in your pajamas—get ready, as if you were really together with others. Anticipate the moment that you will watch your service online. Pray with those who are with you before you turn on the live feed. Invite others to your home for this time. We can do this together.
Let us not give up meeting together!!