Hello to God’s people and my people, the sheep of His pasture,
I pray this article finds you well, but let’s look at a certain Scripture and see what the Lord has for us this month of June. Hebrews 10:25,”Let us not neglect meeting together.”
This is the time of year people go away on outings of all sorts and Sundays can look pretty empty to a pastor who loves to see his people. There is an article by Jon Bloom of Desiring God ministries, which I have had the wonderful experience of being a part of in Minneapolis many years ago. I will paraphrase his article to suit our needs. He says this,”Why are we to meet together in worship? It’s very important to always start from the beginning and so I quote Genesis 2:18,”It is not good that man should be alone.” This has to do with the reason that God made Eve for Adam, who become his helper. Why is this an incredible statement? Because God said it before the fall before Adam’s heart became darkened by the darkness of sin and he enjoyed unfettered communion with God his Father. Adam didn’t have a God shaped hole in his heart where his Lord once resided. Psalm 73:25 says,”There is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” This is a Psalm of Asaph, but it should have been the mantra of Adam, and the Christian musician Chris Tomlin says in one of his songs,”All of you is more than enough for all of me.” Is this our mantra as a church? How can our other brothers and sisters know it is unless we are with them.
I think we assume that Adam’s being alone was not good for Adam. He wasn’t even aware that he was alone, because he was in the constant state of Psalm 73:25, “There is nothing on earth that I desire beside you.” I cry just thinking of how incredible his communion with God was and I long with intensity to have that. How about you?
But let’s think of it this way-”Was Adam’s being alone good for God?” No, and the ultimate point is that not that all of God wasn’t enough for Adam, it was that all of Adam wasn’t enough for all of God. He longs for His people to be with Him and with each other, and yes we can worship God anywhere, but God commands this- Hebrews 10:25,”Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the DAY drawing near.” The day of the Lord is drawing near and I know we can sense Him getting closer with His approaching return. How can we encourage one another, and all the more as you see the DAY drawing near,” if we aren’t hardly together?” Covid did that, and as long as I am pastor here it will not separate the Lord’s sheep again. Hebrews 10:25 is not a suggestion as some joke about the Ten Commandments being taken too lightly as only suggestions. The Bible doesn’t have suggestions for life like secular psychology, NO! We are soldiers and we are commanded by our Lord and this is the reason why people have a hard time with surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They don’t like to surrender, they think they will lose there independence, but they fail to realize they are in bondage and cannot please God and giving their life to Him brings them freedom.
Our corporate enjoyment of God is rooted in a great mystery: The Trinity! We can say without a doubt that it is not good that the Trinity, God, should be alone. In His Trinitarian Counsel He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” When we are gathered together in corporate worship, lifting our voices in unison either praying or singing, this is what brings God ultimate pleasure, and yes we must not forget we are one body. Would it be right that the members of our own bodies, our appendages said,
I ‘m going to go over here and so and so says, ‘I am going over here, and I’ll come back when I feel like it or when I get a chance.’ We couldn’t exist, and God designed our bodies as a system of systems and the body of Christ is no different and we can’t be lone sheep or the wolves will consume us. We are the army of the Lord, and a soldier alone is a target for the enemy. Ecclesiastes 4:12 brings this home,”And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him- a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Together we are God’s body! And according to 1 Corinthians 12, each of us has differing roles that are indispensable to the healthy functioning of this body.
We are told in Scripture that we are to share in the Holy Spirit. How can we share corporately in the Holy Spirit if we are apart. Facebook, and social media is not togetherness, it’s being apart. Can a boat stay in at the dock if it’s not
tied to the pier? We must stay tied first to our Lord, and second to our brother’s and sister’s in Christ if we are to grow like a plant in the ground.
The Bible does tell us in Matthew 6:6,”But when you pray, go into your room and shut your door and pray to your heavenly Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” But did Jesus stay in the wilderness after His temptation? No, He left and came back to do the work He was put on earth to do. But the deepest and the fullest, and the most joyful experience of God is reserved for Christ’s body, His bride.
So Hebrews 10:25 is the most profound reason for us not to neglect meeting together. For when it comes to seeing and savoring Jesus Christ to the fullest, it is not good that man should be alone.”
Until next time-”Go serve your King, His name is Jesus Christ.”
PASTOR BRIAN D.BECK