"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith
without wavering; (for he is faithful that
promised;) And let us consider one another to
provoke unto love and to good works.”
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as the manner of some is; but
exhorting one another: and so much the more,
as we see the day approaching.” Heb 10:23-25.
We may go to Church and not be “assembled together."
We can sing songs and hear the Word, but when it's over, it
is just an hour and a half later. Something more than this
should happen in our services.
I enjoy ministering at Rescue Missions. It is a thrill to
hear a man say, "I thank my Lord Jesus that He has kept
me dry for one more day." For that person, 24 hours without
a drink is wonderful, and everyone claps and cheers. They
encourage one another. But in our services, all too often,
there is no challenge or excitement.
In the early 70s, people were turning to the Lord who were
an embarrassment to the church. In one place, hippies began
attending a newly built sanctuary, but were openly treated
as "undesirables." There should have been excitement
about the change in their lives, both that which had happened,
and that which would yet take place.
One time, while ministering at a Church, the pastor told
me, "I prayed that a certain family will come to the
Lord during your service." This did not happen, but several
"undesirables" were saved. Rather than being excited,
the church only tolerated these people.
Then I discovered that those being prayed for by the Pastor
was a family of wealth and influence, whom he wanted in his
Church. However, many of these "nobodies" of the
70s, who became disenchanted with the ways of the world and
the hippie lifestyle, turned to the Lord and became spiritually
mature Christians and strong supporters of the Church.
It is a responsibility to be a father - someone who will
encourage and exhort to greater fidelity to God. Today, as
we see “the day” drawing near, the Lord is raising
up many "fathers" in the Church, those who will
nurture spiritually and raise up faithful servants.
Abraham was unknown, except the Lord saw the potential in
him and called him from “Ur of the Caldees.” Joseph
was the lesser son who was given the menial task of watching
over the sheep. Yet these became Fathers in the full sense
of all that a Father should be.
There is a song of which one phrase says, "But he chose
me." He could have chosen others with more ability, but
he chose me. Each of us has this testimony. Let us encourage
one another in the faith, become excited about all that is
before us, and no longer look back to our beginnings.