“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,”Hebrews 10:24
This is a corporate verse, and we need to hear it in our day, the corporateness of Christianity. Christianity is a body of believers. The local church is an individual body, but the whole group of believers forms one family – one body. It is very important for us to realize that there’s no such thing as a ‘lone ranger’ Christian out there shooting his way through evil, and sin, and temptation. All ‘lone ranger’ Christians fall. We are put together for mutual encouragement, worship, prayer, and service. The word faith never appears in the singular in the entire New Testament, but one time in the book of Philippians yet still in a corporate context. When you become a Christian, you just got a big family. When you become a Christian, you just received many, many brothers and sisters to which you are responsible under God. There is no premium for ‘wala kang paki, sa di mo pami’ attitude in the Kingdom of God. Individualism or parochialism is counter-productive. Being in Jesus is being in a group. Now the group may be the pits. But you are in a group, and any group is better than you alone. We are in this together – “stimulate one another to love and good deeds”. Love is the attitude, and good deeds is the fulfilling of that attitude in the lives of others. Ephesians 2 verses 8 & 9 have oft been quoted, and i believe it so strongly – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast”, and we totally leave off verse 10. But you can’t leave off verse 10. Verse 10 fits the balance of attitude and action – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. We are not saved by “good works”, but they sure are a fool-proof evidence that we have met the Savior.