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

people need people

Community is a word thrown around a lot, especially within the Christian culture. Although it can seem like a simple concept, it can also intimidate others. Healthy community is one of the most important aspects of being a believer in Jesus. People need people, because we were not created to live this life alone.

In Hebrews 10, we are given instructions on how to persevere for the Kingdom. We can do that by “stir[ring] up one another to love.” This can be as simple as keeping commitments to meet with the people you invest in and the ones who invest in you. Honoring those simple words to one another can begin to build incredible relationships that grow us further into love with Jesus. Through these meetings, we build one another up. Because we are not completely surrounded by the people we have gotten so used to doing life with over the last semester, it can be easy to slip back into old habits or feeling like we are alone. The enemy can easily identify these feelings and will attach himself to these places in our lives that can draw us further into loneliness and emptiness. We are given an entire book on how to combat this and fight for love, where we are meant to dwell. God created us for community, to do life with one another. We would have no purpose without others, because we are called to “stir up one another to love and good works,” “meet together,” and “encourage one another.”

In Hebrews 10, we are given instructions on how to persevere for the Kingdom. We can do that by “stir[ring] up one another to love.” This can be as simple as keeping commitments to meet with the people you invest in and the ones who invest in you. Honoring those simple words to one another can begin to build incredible relationships that grow us further into love with Jesus. Through these meetings, we build one another up. Because we are not completely surrounded by the people we have gotten so used to doing life with over the last semester, it can be easy to slip back into old habits or feeling like we are alone. The enemy can easily identify these feelings and will attach himself to these places in our lives that can draw us further into loneliness and emptiness. We are given an entire book on how to combat this and fight for love, where we are meant to dwell. God created us for community, to do life with one another. We would have no purpose without others, because we are called to “stir up one another to love and good works,” “meet together,” and “encourage one another.”

This week we will be diving deeper into what is means to live in community and how you can engage in true, life-giving community while you are home for winter break. It can be intimidating to reach out to people, life gets busy, and we can get so deep into loneliness that we forget we have people or tell ourselves that they don’t care (which isn’t true!!!). This week we want to encourage you to draw near to God by reaching into your community and stirring one another on through love and good works.

pray

Father,

I give this time to you. You are calling me into more by encouraging and loving me. Show me how to do the same in my own community. God, use me to love others well. Use my life as a testimony to others for what true love is. Don’t let me get caught up in my own feelings of loneliness and judgement. Teach me to walk more fully with you. I trust you. I love you. Amen.