Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  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.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  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. (ESV)
This passage gives us the right to raise our hands during worship. This allows us to say aloud “Amen” in affirming a sermon. This allows us the freedom to repent and be glad in it. We are completely and totally reborn, re-made, and restored and all of leads to the surrender and obedience of Christ. Our hearts have been sprinkled clean and our hands deemed holy.
Do we sit idle in this state of grace? No way! Stir up one another to love! Stir up one another to good works! Meet each other on a regular basis and ENCOURAGE!
Here is the very essence of the Barnabas Man we ALL ARE. You can be the encourager even when you don’t “feel” it. You can wake up and be positive even when it doesn’t fit into your current situation. Is it easy? Hell no.. It is your calling? Hell yes!
“and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”
Friends, can we all come together and ensure that everyone that knows us knows about this “DAY” ?
We may not always sense the importance of this reunion, but when it arrives… oh what a party it will be…