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February 8, 2019

Working together towards the goal

Filed under Sabbath Thoughts

As Christians in the 21st century, we are constantly exposed to the societal currents emanating from the "God of this world" (2. Corinthians 4:4). We are an insignificant minority—the "little flock"—, which must remain faithful to God's standards despite the influence of the vast majority.

Is it not all the more comforting to know that we do not have to "go it alone"? God has called us to a community where we can—and should—help each other achieve the great goal we all look forward to.

The author of Hebrews encourages us in this regard: "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24).

What is necessary for us to support each other in achieving that great goal? In this context, the author of Hebrews mentions two prerequisites for implementing his exhortation:

• We must remain steadfast in our heavenly calling: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (verse 23). We can't encourage others to finish the race to eternal life if we have dropped out ourselves!

• We must not neglect the care of the community with our siblings: "… not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (verse 25). We can't encourage others to finish the race to eternal life if we never see them or speak with them!

While we are all individually responsible for cultivating our relationship with God, God has called us to His Church—a community of believers—to help each other achieve the great goal together. Let's always be mindful of our responsibility!

With these thoughts I wish everyone a rewarding Sabbath!

Paul Kieffer's blog with personal insights and news from the German-language region in Europe.


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