Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Heb. 10:23-25
The hope we “hold fast” to is in v. 12– Christ’s sacrifice, which covered all sins. By that single offering, He perfected those who are being sanctified (v. 14). We then are encouraged to have full confidence to enter into the holy places by the blood of Jesus (v. 19) and draw near with a true heart in full assurance that we are cleansed from our evil conscience (v.22). Therefore, in this hope we are encouraged to stand without wavering because we see He has been so faithful to us.
The exhortation to “consider how to stir one another to love and good works…” is not given to ensure church attendance or religious duty, but to gather people together for exhortation and encouragement. While pastoral teaching is of great importance, we participate in the discipleship lifestyle as followers of Christ as we relationally interact with the Body using our gifts (1 Cor. 12:1-7), stirring others toward love and good deeds.
The exhortation to stir up each other and meet together seems to be the predecessor of how to persevere to the end. The end of the chapter reminds us that we have need of endurance (v. 36) and to not shrink back in our faith (v. 38). In the conclusion, we are encouraged that “We are not of those that shrink back and are destroyed.” This collective “we” is the body as a whole. What fuels us to not shrink back? We hold onto the hope of our salvation and stir our fellow Christ followers by regularly gathering to encourage one another.
The aim of our lives is not just loving and doing good deeds, but helping to stir up others to love and to good deeds. John Piper
REFLECTION: How am I stirring up other believers and encouraging them towards love and good deeds?
PRAYER: Dear Father, please move my heart to desire participation in the lives of my church family to stir and encourage them to remain faithful to you.