Hebrews 3: Encouraging Each Other
As Christians, it is important that we encourage each other. In Hebrews 3, the author is discussing the wanderings of the Israelites and how their hearts had become so hard. The author obviously wants the church to avoid that same problem.
Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
We encourage each other every day so that we do not fall into sin. I think it is a lot easier for someone to kind of fall off the path of righteousness and into sin if they are alone. If you have people beside you who are supporting you and encouraging you, you are much less likely to fall into problems.
Therefore, there’s responsibility for all of us in this picture of the church. We have to obviously want to keep ourselves on track, but we’re somewhat responsible for our brothers and sisters as well. They make their own decisions, but we’re supposed to be involved in their lives. We’re supposed to be caring and supportive. For some people, that does not come naturally. However, this doesn’t seem to be an optional responsibility. Rather, as a family, we support each other.
That is one challenge that we see rise from the text. Today, maybe we can find someone to encourage in their walk with Christ. Maybe we can remind someone about all the hope that we have as children of God. Maybe we can remind someone about the power of Jesus. I don’t know exactly what situation will come up in anyone’s life specifically, but I do know that this is something that we can and should do.