Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Yesterday afternoon I was leading a group of pastors whom I coach via video conference. The practice of daily scripture, reflection, and prayer came up. One reason why I started writing this blog is because I wanted to offer something for those pastors I coach to imitate. It’s hard to imitate what you can’t see. It’s particularly gratifying when those pastors whom I coach start their own blogs, which are read by those whom they lead. It’s a practical way for the Lord to multiply a harvest 30, 60, or even 100 fold (Matthew 13:8).
Here’s an important truth: pastors are human.
We are not holy robots. There are times when, like everyone else, we pastors find it hard to consistently follow through on important priorities. Such was the nature of our discussion yesterday as people were being transparent about their struggle to maintain this important discipline of scripture reading, reflection, and prayer.
That said, it was remarkable what happened once this problem was put before the group by one participant. I saw brothers and sisters in Christ name their own struggles in this area and commit to use the power of community to make meaningful change for the better.
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…
News flash – Christianity is not a do-it-yourself lifestyle. It’s simply impossible to live as God intended without the support, encouragement, and accountability of other people. Period. Some of you are realizing this truth as you read these words.
There are areas of your life you know need to change, but simply trying harder hasn’t worked. You can do alright for a time, but inevitably the moment of weakness comes and you fail. Again. And, pretty soon, you just stop trying altogether because it seems hopeless. Can I get an “amen” on that?
Here’s what I know. If you are going to finally experience breakthrough in this area of your life, you will need the help of others to get there. You will need their support, their encouragement, and their accountability.
Here’s something else I know. When the desired change you seek results in a life more closely aligned with your heavenly Father, with his ways and values, you can count on him to provide the support you need to get there.
Heavenly Father, just as you live in community as three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), so we human beings were designed to live in community. Give us grace to reject independence and embrace interdependence with you and other people. For in our weakness (as individuals), we are made strong (in community). Amen.