Barely getting this post done on Friday, and I know I missed Wednesday altogether, but I still love you — and Jesus loves you MORE!. So here is the last post before our Holy Week begins on Monday (will definitely try to blog Mon-Fri but will be busy) … Thank you for coming along on this Lenten journey with me.
“And let us consider how to spur one another to love and to good works. Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but let us exhort one another, especially as you see the Day approaching.” — Hebrews 10:24-25, MEV
When I first began to meditate on this, I somehow read but didn’t fully focus upon the first verse, so I was feeling kind of sad that this was going to be another command to go to church, which I haven’t done in over a year, like yesterday’s verse started out.
But then I looked the passage up in another translation, and suddenly it hit me, let us consider one another to provoke each other to love. Now that is a concept behind which I can easily get . And I like that it is to provoke one another to love, and good works after that. The emphasis is not on “let’s get together and have an organized works day where we all do good works.” Rather, the emphasis is on let’s get together and learn to love as God loves. And of course I think the good works will naturally flow from that.
In fact I think good works done for any other reason don’t really even make much of an impact (see 1 Corinthians 13). Maybe they make an impact for the people you’re trying to help, and maybe they don’t, but if love isn’t the motivator than any eternal impact is negligible.
So we may stop for now with verse one and be happy with provoking one another to love, which I can even do from behind a keyboard — I hope.