Scripture: Hebrews 10:23–29
Key Verse: “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.” (Hebrews 10:24–25)
Like it or not, all of us have a family of some kind. Some of us have families with a large number of siblings and cousins, and some of have small families with just a mom or dad. We may have a stable family, or one that may be completely shattered. If you’re a “military brat,” chances are you don’t live near your extended family members. You might live across the country or all the way around the globe. But once you follow Christ, no matter where you are, you are a part of the largest family in the world! Because of your faith in Jesus, you’ve been adopted into a family that covers the globe (and beyond!).
Constant PCS moves make it hard to build strong friendships. One of the solutions to this problem is to find other Christians at your new location and hang out with them! This is how we mutually help each other grow in our faith, understand how God’s family works, and be shaped into disciples. When we share the love of Christ with each other and put that love into action, we encourage others. We also learn to share with others around us who don’t know about the peace that can be found in Jesus, and together we can invite them into this amazing family!
Are you a good brother/sister to your faith family? How would you like to be encouraged by other believers? What “good works” is this verse talking about?
Join a small group Bible study and bring up this topic to others in the group. Make a list of “good works” the group could do that would bring honor to Jesus. Write the names of a few people you would like to invite into God’s family and then invite them.
Lord Jesus, your family is bigger than I can ever imagine, and I thank you for letting me an important part of it! Please help me be a strong brother/sister to others that need my support and encouragement. Help me find the best ways to share with those that don’t know you. Amen.