May 1, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Hebrews 10:32-25. “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.”
We are told in this passage that we are not to neglect meeting together. That got me to thinking, how that applies to our present-day circumstances. Are we neglecting to meet together? I would say no, we are just meeting together in a new way through whatever electronic means you use to listen to God’s Word. It is strange and not as fulfilling as meeting in a house of worship, but it is still meeting together.
For you see, the church is not a building, but a people. Maybe what we are going through now is to help us better understand what it means to be Jesus’ disciples, with gospel news to share, rather than members gathering together in our comfortable church-life routines.
Is this a time for drawing near to God and each other in ways that are person-centered more than buildings-centered? Maybe this is not about what we have lost, but about what we have gained, as we discover new ways of sharing more of Christ, who we cannot lose. God’s blessings.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, comfort us in this time of separation from our buildings of worship to draw us nearer to you. Use this time to see you and worship you in a new way, as we rejoice that Christ’s Church is not limited to buildings, but is spread over our land. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.