The flooding this past week in the Houston, TX, area has been tragic and life changing. I am sure that no one was completely prepared for the devastation left by Harvey. No doubt the hurricane’s impact challenged peoples value system. These types of events make us reevaluate what really is important in life. The value of family and close friends certainly becomes more important.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the great opportunity to spend time with some of my family. We enjoyed talking a lot about life, church, politics, sports … just about everything … and we also ate too much (of course). But at the end of the day, a good time was had by all and I know that I came away feeling better about life and our love was intensified.
The same is true for our church family … the spiritual family. In the New Testament book of Hebrews, the writer stated: “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.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Spending time with other Christians should bring encouragement and strength … and let’s be honest, we all can use a bit of encouragement and strengthening from time to time. We also need to be a giver of encouragement and strength.
We believe that Jesus will return for His people (the church – the family of God) someday. According to this passage, the need for this type of support intensifies as we draw closer to that Day. Since only God the Father knows when the “day or the hour will occur (Matthew 24:36), wisdom suggests that preparation is in order.
The first thing would be to accept Jesus into your life and become part of His family. The second thing to do is make worshipping God with your new family a priority.