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What does Hebrews mean? Encouraging others and being encouraged by others are both central to the life of an obedient believer. This follows a core theme of this entire book, which is "holding fast" Hebrews The book of Hebrews is meant to encourage Christians not to give up on their faith. When persecution and fear put pressure on believers, our response should be to "hold fast" to the truth.

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Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives.

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All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.

When you get up in the morning and you face a day, what do you say to yourself about your hopes for the day? When you look from the beginning of the day to the end of the day, what do you want to happen because you have lived?

What difference do you want your life to make?

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It is crystal clear in the Bible, including this text, that God means for us to aim consciously at something ificant in our days. Aimlessness is akin to lifelessness. Dead leaves in the back yard may move around more than anything else — more than the dog, more than the children. The wind blows this way, they go this way.

The wind blows that way, they go that way. They tumble, they bounce, they skip, they press against a fence, but they have no aim whatsoever. They are full of motion and empty of life.

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God did not create humans in his image to be aimless, like lifeless leaves blown around in the backyard of life. He created us to be purposeful — to have a focus and an aim for all our days. And this is not oppressive. Aiming day by day to do what you were meant to do is like eating: it gives life and energy, rather than taking it away.

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You will eventually die if you do what you were meant to do. You may be young or you may be old. But when you die doing what you were meant to do, you die well and full. Would you consider with me what these three verses teach us about the aim and focus of our lives as Christians? God may use them to bring crystal-clear focus to your life.

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He may use them to blow away all the confusion and fog, and give a lucid, bright, crisp, spring-morning clarity to the aim of your days. This is not done where anyone can see. This is an affair of the heart. Embrace your hope. Hold fast to your hope. Be a hope-filled person. Hope in God. Because God has made promises to you and he is faithful. He has promised to write the law on your heart Hebrews and work in you what is pleasing in his sight Hebrews ; he has promised to remember your sins no more Hebrews ; he has promised that we will be perfected for all time by a single sacrifice Hebrews ; he has promised never to leave us or forsake us Hebrews ; and he has promised to bring good from all our pain Hebrews And so he keeps his word.

But that does not provide you with a sufficient focus for the day. God did not create you to curl up under the covers and Consider one another in God all day in bed.

Consider one another

If the act of hoping in God were all that he created you to aim at, then verse 24 would be wasted words. But they are not. God created you first to hope in him, and then to make that hope visible by the effect that it has on your life. And that effect is given in verse 24, and it is to be the aim of your daily life.

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This is why you get up in the morning. Here is what you aim at from morning till night as a Christian. Notice carefully: it is not what you might expect. It is not: consider how to love each other and do good deeds. That would be Biblical and right. Aim at stirring up others to do good deeds. And of course the implication would also be that if others need help and stirring, we do too, and so we would be aiming at what sorts of ways we can think and feel and talk and act that will stir each other up to love and to do good deeds.

The aim of our lives is not just loving and doing good deeds, but helping to stir up others to love and to good deeds.

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There is something in this text that is very hard to bring over into English. Consider Jesus. Consider one another.

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But this is almost impossible to bring over into English with the rest of the sentence, because it would be so awkward. But I want you to get this nuance of the original so you can feel the force of this as a daily aim and focus for your life. And the goal of this focus on others is to think of ways of stimulating them to love and good deeds. There are a lot of teens at Bethlehem who are alive to God. You have tasted his love for you and experienced the power of his forgiveness.

And you want to do his will. But, like most everybody else, you get up many days, and feel aimless. Why school? Why work? And you slump through the day trying to feel good with music and food and friends. When you get up in the morning, Consider — think about, ponder, deliberate, meditate, mull over — other people, with this conscious goal: what can I do today so that they will be stirred up to love and to good deeds? Now there is a Consider one another to live and a focus for every day that will never be boring. Every day is new and different. People change. Their circumstances change.

You change. But the call remains the same: consider, consider, consider these people you will be around today. What are they like?

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What am I like? What will the situation be like? What helps a person become loving? What is the origin of genuine good deeds? This is a reason for living that is focused enough to be practical and big enough to last a lifetime. Second, encourage one another. When I was growing up I heard this text referred to most often as an argument for regular attendance at worship services. One is encouraging another and another is encouraging one.

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Each is doing or saying something that encourages. If you ask what that corresponds to in our church, I would say the closest thing is the small groups — which is why I regard this ministry as so utterly crucial. I am a great believer in preaching. There is something about the word of God that begs to be heralded and trumpeted and exulted over — as well as discussed and taught. But I have no illusions that preaching is enough in the life of a believer. The New Testament — and especially this book of Hebrews — calls us again and again to a kind of mutual ministry that involves all the believers in encouraging others.

So I ask you to take stock of your life: Where are you in verse 25? There are two groups: those who gather to encourage each other, and those who have formed the habit of not gathering. How are you doing? God is calling you, through this word, to break a habit of non-participation and to strengthen a habit of participation in small group togetherness where you encourage each other.

Which leaves one last question: What kind Consider one another encouragement stimulates others to love and good deeds? Lots of people think that love and good deeds are a good thing to seek after, and many would say that encouraging others is the way to do it — and they might not even be Christians.

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Or they might be Christians who put little focus on God. Embrace your hope! Cherish your hope! Because God is faithful. He keeps his promises. Without this kind of hope, sustaining you day by day through all the disheartening frustrations and crushing disappointments, you would not have any strength or energy or joy to stir anybody up to love and good deeds.

I have no strength, but God can be trusted.

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