Continuing our series on Biblical Contentment, we will look at The 7 things the Bible teaches us are key for everyday Christian life:
Prayer: Proverbs 16:3
Study: Psalm 119:11
Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25
“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.” (ESV)
no dejando de congregarnos, como algunos tienen por costumbre, sino exhortándonos unos a otros, y mucho más al ver que el día se acerca. (LBAL)
Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10
Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29
Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Walking: 1 John 2:6
So you like going it alone, do not want to depend on anyone for anything I get it being independent is an important part of a man’s (and women’s) self worth. But at the same time there is a difference between doing as much on our own physically and lets say mentally as possible, and what the Bible calls us to do Spiritually.
As our picture informs us; God never intended nor did He believe it fit for mankind (Genesis 2:18-24) to be LONERS. This is made very clear in Proverbs 18:1: Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Yes, I know the arguments, Jesus spent time alone in Prayer and so should we. Jesus, however was not a loner He was surrounded by disciples.
Let us take a closer look at Hebrews 10:25 in context using the (AMP) bible:
23 Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];
As we learned yesterday we must Study God’s word in order to know God’s word. In order that we are prepared for all the ups and downs of life one must have a deep and biblically sound knowledge of scripture otherwise how can we seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering? One of the ways this knowledge comes about is by the preaching and teaching of God’s word in Christ’s church.
24 and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,
Another reason for not forsaking assembling together(KJV) is so that we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds. I have heard all the arguments, and I am using one of them right now to transmit this devotional, that with technology we really do not need churches (buildings). To that I say HOG WASH! there is nothing like face to face personal interaction with folks at a Wednesday night prayer meeting to strengthen and encourage someone (me).
25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.
Some would believe this to be a suggestion, it reads as a command. Some argue its not Jesus commanding, yes but it is the inspired Word of God so it is God’s command so your argument is with Him.
Let us break it down:
The Command: not forsaking our meeting together; seems pretty straight forward those who claim to be Christians must meet together (fellowship)
The For: as believers for worship and instruction as noted from verse 23 above instruction is very important but one can not forget the Worship of God (Psalm 29:2, John 4:24, Romans 12:1). While we each should be worshiping God daily there is nothing that compares to a well done corporate worship service.
The Why: encouraging one another… see notes at verse 24 above.
I have introduced the word Fellowship into the verse here and it is a difficult Greek word to follow. In some sense we must be very careful applying it to a community of believers, but I think with careful interpretation of context it can be done.
Remember our theme is Biblical Contentment, so how does this meeting together, fellowship, apply? I want to look at two more verses and I hope it will tie this together.
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. ( 1 John 1:3-4 KJV)
John the beloved Apostle of Jesus understood the need and importance of Fellowship. He writes saying the hope is that ye also may have fellowship with us, because of all we have seen and heard declare we unto you.
This is no ordinary fellowship, it is one routed in the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. You can not be a Christian (you can call yourself whatever you want) and not be in fellowship with the Triune Godhead.
Why this fellowship with God and John; that your joy may be full. Joy that unbridled biblical contentment we are all seeking only comes when we have fellowship with like minded believers and God.