Worship day is different lately. No more dressing nice to head out and be with those who believe in the One True God. I would love to have a video of my hubby and I singing along with the worship songs during the online service. Each Sunday finding more freedom to sing out and move to the music, to praise with our heart and soul.
Still, the body of believers is a sweet place to be. A building is nice, but hearts moved by the Holy Spirit – soul to soul – lovers of Jesus, have a special connection. So now I’m thinking it will be even more precious once we start meeting again – whatever that may look like. We often don’t realize how precious something is, until we lose it.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)
That sums it up – to encourage one another. Oh yes, churches are not beyond problems – a gathering full of imperfect people. The only perfect person being the One they call on the Name of. The church – it’s great place to learn the lessons Jesus lived out for us: forgiveness, grace, patience, not judging, l-o-v-e.
And all the more as we see “the Day” approaching – the day God sends our Savior back to earth. The day those who know Him rise up with Him to our forever home – and those left behind face an earth no longer inhabited by His Holy Spirit. Hard not to ache for those who won’t surrender, for great will be their sorrow. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” (Hebrews 10:35 NIV)
Do you believe we could be seconds from Jesus’ return? Then again we could be centuries. It’s not for us to know when. It is for us to live in expectation. The more I lean towards expectant living – realizing I want to be found faithful, want to be known not for anything I have or can do, but for what He has done – the more exciting life is.
Let’s do this: lift up eyes to the heavens where our Help comes from. Lift up hands singing God’s praises. Surrender our hearts desiring to have more of selfish self disappear and be replaced with more of the Holy Spirit. “For ‘in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.’ But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.”(Hebrews 10:37-39 NLT)
Don’t give up – rise up!
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It’s easy to miss the body of Christ gathered in one place and one unity. But I keep trying to remember the One who is the adoration of our worship. I love the thought of not giving up but rising up!
So true, our focus is on the One who lifts us up, all praise to Him. Blessings as you rise to meet Him each day…
I liked this, thank you. It is our choice how we respond to the situations that we are in – rise up in praise and worship!
#Grace & Truth link-up, Following the Footsteps.
That’s it – we choose: give up or rise up. Keep an eternal perspective as you rise to meet Him daily…
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It is such a choice what we do with our new way of life. I miss church in person, and yet now I attend two of my favorite churches.
Encouragement as we expectantly wait for Jesus is the key – and you are good at that. Blessings as you rise with Him daily…