“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Heb 10:23-25
One of the attitudes that God knows believers will encounter is one that holds that it is possible to embrace the truth internally and still live the same outward life. When God’s truth is embraced in our heart it demands that we act upon it. God’s truth also sets us apart from all other people and groups. This means that Christians live differently, think differently, and have different convictions.
For Christians to survive we need each other, we need fellowship. We should have and maintain meaningful friendships outside the Church, yet because we are different, we cannot find true fellowship any place other than among fellow believers. There must be a mutual attachment and connectivity within the Church. We need each other. Heaven’s top forty play list does not include Frank Sinatra’s hit, “I Did it My Way.” There is no place for rugged individualism inside the Body of Christ. This attitude is our game face against the world and sin only! Inside the Body of Christ, among people of like precious faith, there must be mutual dependence, respect, and acceptance.
The other side of that coin is that God’s people need you. Considering our interdependence and common trials, we must strive to provoke other believers to love and good works. The Church, the body of believers, is where these two needs come together, and everyone is strengthened as a result. The Church is the Body of Christ, the Father’s House, the pillar and ground of the Truth (1 Tim. 3:15). What a privilege it is to be a part of the Church!