And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Over a year ago I was blessed to read two books that helped open up some doors for me. Both by the same author, Bob Beaudine, The Power of Who and 2 Chairs. The ideas presented in the books are biblically based on the ministry of Jesus and focus on 2 points. The Power of Who is focused on your immediate network of close friends and family and the impact and generosity their relationships can have on your life. Much like Jesus, and his engagement with the 12 disciples. The 2 Chairs book then points to the power of prayer and how massive our talks with God can be, especially when we acknowledge HIS ability to speak back to us in person during our prayer life.
After completion of these 2 reads, I was motivated to enforce some new disciplines for myself, the focus of the scripture above, being commit to community. I had a slow start but through continued effort, I now sit here this Saturday morning, about to enter our Mens’ Breakfast session, something I have enjoyed for over a year straight now. Every other week or so, our men gather together to share a meal, share our hearts, and merge our daily lives together through prayers and discussions.
Not only has God created us to be in community with others, he commands it, that “we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
As a believer, you must KNOW the Day is approaching. The day of Christ’s return to earth when all the earthly work and relationships change to the eternal future. The day when preaching will no longer matter, and lives will be sorted between a perfect joyful and overwhelming non-stop love with God, and a horrific painful and dark eternity without Him. So the questions looms for each man, are you in or are you out?
Will you be prepared to sit with the King of Creation or be ready to endure with the Satan of darkness? If this question hasn’t been answered yet, little else is of importance. If the decision has been made to surrender your life to Christ, then your work remains to commit to community and not do this faith life on your own. It’s a combination formula for sure, daily prayer and involvement with God, service to others, and meeting together, with other men and women that love the Lord and can have the courage and boldness to call you out when needed.
Everyone needs it. Even Christ counted on his friends to pray for Him, to grieve with Him, to eat together, to preach together, and to change lives. With constant connection to others, even closer friendships with your select few, you grow, you mature, you allow Christ to conquer the sins and hang ups that tempt and destroy a believer’s life. We can see the damage from a life lived in isolation all around us, on the news, at the grocery store, late at night when no one is watching you, it can creep up on every man.
So we commit to community. We commit to transparency and honesty with others and commit to listening to sound advice and strong believers, This is the Power of Who and this is the reason when you pray there should be 2 chairs. Don’t do this alone. If you have trouble finding connections with others then BECOME the CONNECTION yourself first. Actions and participation to community will produce this benefit back to you!