We have a responsibility to spur each other on as we live in community together and as we gently step in ask how people are doing and what they need. Our mission is to help others follow Jesus. Take responsibility to care about each other and to spur, cheer and challenge.
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 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.
I met a friend for coffee the other day. She moved from one area to another for work, and her work has been crazy-busy. CRAZY – BUSY. And so, she hasn’t attended church. Not once. In over six months. Now, I’m not one to judge a person on church visits per month or year. Life happens and we can enter into Christian community in several ways in several forums. My friend is doing a bit of that. But not much. Not enough. Not enough for her.
We don’t know each other super-well, yet I asked her how I can pray for her because that’s what we should do: pray for each other. She was thankful. She appreciated just being able to have the conversation, because the value of spiritual life isn’t esteemed or elevated in her work environment. Ahhh… my friend is starved of fellowship and positive Christian accountability.
She asked me to pray that she would be guided by God in her work and her service to people. And she is hopeful that she can eventually connect with a church. I pushed. What would happen if you simply carved out the time of a Sunday morning and went? Just went… Just go. If the phone rings it rings. If you are called to work, deal with that when it happens.
I know her new area a bit, and so I mentioned a couple of churches that I know are good solid communities there. And I also told her that now that she has shared with me, that I would ask her next time I saw her if she had made it a priority to go to church.
We have a responsibility to spur each other on. We cannot do it if we aren’t in Christian community. We also cannot do it unless we are willing to step in to gently ask some questions about how people are doing and what they need. My friend said she really needed our chat and appreciated it. Mission accomplished.
Our mission is to make disciples: to help others follow Jesus. I’m not responsible for my friend’s relationship with Christ. I am responsible, however, to care about it and cheer and challenge her on in it. Who are you going to have coffee with?