19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
My favorite days in high school were when my teachers would assign group projects! I loved getting to work with other students and honestly, splitting the work up made things way easier. Now, I know some of you hate group projects, because you don’t like to have to trust in or rely on anyone else, but the truth is, life is a group project! Whether you’d like to admit it or not we all need others, especially if we’re going to trust Jesus and live each and every day the way He’s called us to. The Christian life is most definitely a group project.
That’s what the author of Hebrews is talking about in Hebrews 10:19-25, the importance of “WE”. He points out to us that walking with Jesus and learning to live this resurrected life is not without it’s challenges, and that’s why we’ve got to help each other out. Hebrews 10:19-25 tells us that we can help one another to draw near to God, to fight against sin and temptation, to help each other hold on to the hope we have in Jesus, and we can challenge and encourage each other to be more and do more than we could on our own. That’s the beauty and the power of community.
As people of the rising it’s important that we lean into godly community because the truth is we’re better together.
Do you have people around you that are helping you rise to new heights and live the life Jesus rose to give you? Who are you helping raise to new heights in your own life?