Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, 25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. AMP
Receiving Jesus and becoming a child of God is a call to fellowship. Fellowship has different meanings to people but the word fellowship carries the ideas of: to be in association with; to participate with someone in something; to share, partake, or have communion with; to have in common; to partner with or join.
When it comes to fellowship with a local church it was not designed as an option for believers. Assembling ourselves together with other Christians is not only essential for our spiritual well-being but also a command of God. Even beyond it being a command it is an issue of love. The context of the command in Hebrews 10:25 is considering others, provoking others, stimulating others to love and good works. Part of what love is and a good work we are to exhort one another towards is assembling together in fellowship or going to church.
The Bible speaks of a love problem in the Last Days prior to Jesus’ coming. Because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold Matthew 24:12. (There would be affliction; killing; hate; offence; betrayal; false prophetic; rising lawlessness; and chilled love Matt. 24:4-11). It is really a part of the antichrist spirit that is already at work in the earth (1 John 4:3). We have to get what we love in life in order. I asked the Lord what the love of many waxing cold meant or love for what will wax cold? He said, a love for:
- God (Himself).
- God’s Word.
- God’s Family & Church
- God’s Work.
- God’s World
People would slowly cool off in their devotion, sacrifice, for, and pursuit of their relationships to these five. Love can always be identified by devotion, sacrifice, and pursuit:
DEVOTION – to give up one’s time, energy, or oneself to some purpose, activity, or person. Suggests the giving up or applying of oneself with the seriousness or earnestness evoked by a formal vow, commitment, or promise.
SACRIFICE – the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something that has a more pressing claim. You give up something you love for something you love more. Anything or anyone you are willing to sacrifice for will at times cause your lifestyle to be changed and your priorities to be re-arranged.
PURSUIT – to chase: to follow in order to overtake; to strive for; to seek after.
We have to get what we love in life in order in the Last Days. Love God, His Word, His Family & Church, His Work, and His World Matt. 24:12.