Scripture for Today: Hebrews 10:24-25 “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.”
It was not uncommon for us to stop the car in rural France and Germany and gaze at a nearby flock of sheep. For the most part, they seemed unconcerned and just gazed right back! Perhaps they felt that there was safety in numbers. In fact, sheep instinctively band together in large groups for protection. Predators will spot the one who lags behind, wanders off, or isolates himself. Sheep need to have that visual contact with other sheep to reduce stress while being moved or handled. They become very agitated when they are separated from the rest of the flock.
In our verse for today, believers are encouraged to continue meeting together. Some had given up the habit, which is so easy to do. But in meeting together we draw encouragement from one another. Without this encouragement we become lax in showing love and doing selfless acts for others. Just as sheep follow other sheep, we need to follow the good examples of others. If we are not following other believers, then it stands to reason that we unwittingly follow the example of the world.
It can be dangerous for me to isolate myself. I become vulnerable to spiritual attack. The many stresses of life can weigh me down and discouragement can easily set in. I never stop needing the prayers and encouragement of others. And I need to be giving out that same encouragement.
Thank you Lord, for the encouragement that comes from being a part of Your flock.