Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25, NRSV)
In May, we started our journey of learning more about becoming disciples through the 6 marks of discipleship in Power Surge by Michael Foss
This month is about Relationships. That is really what is at the heart of following Christ, living in relationships with others. We are called to meet people where they are and journey with them through life. Showing them the love that Christ first showed us. Not expecting people to be perfect but helping them move forward in the life Christ has called us all to.
You see by walking in relationships with others, not only will we show the love of Christ, we will also receive the love of Christ from others.
It is what Martin Luther referred to as the mutual care and consolation of the saints. We are called to live in relationships with one another to care and lift each other up. We gather together, not for our own edification alone, but to be present for others. To build others up. To show others the love Christ has for them.
So do not neglect gathering together with others, and being in relationships. By doing this we are building up the body of Christ and making Him known in the world!