Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
As the new year approaches, l am very bothered by our ineptness of keeping in touch with others. l chatted with a man l know and have not talked with for months on end. I realize that it is important for us all to get back in the thick of things by keeping in touch with our loved ones more often - either family, relatives or friends. We also must not forsake and ignore those we love and keep in touch with.
When l was growing up as a young boy in the 60's, a day never went by when someone was not at my place to see me or my family, and vice versa. We went out and had plays with the neighbors and I had a ball. l also hung around with the boys and we fought. I went into the woods, too. I loved biking and climbing. Many times, I got dirty.
When l looked back, l loved those moments which were more than l could count. Now, almost 2011, l see the exact opposite. We are more useless and careless because we let the days go by without hardly even taking time to talk at any length of time with those we know anymore. This is very sad. l pray those happy days will come back before the Lord does, as we need each other all the more. Even our own families, we forsake them by spending more time watching some stupid football games or by getting busy with the internet. In addition, we are too busy with anything that comes up even with the short life the Lord has allowed us to live. If the Lord tarries, we should need to re-evaluate OURSELVES and not others. We should see our need to spend more time with our love ones rather than sit in front of a television or computer screen for hours on end. We should spend more precious times communicating with our families even for short talks only. Much more, sit with them and have a heart to heart talk. We need this to strengthen the family and be able to survive this evil, wicked, foul and vile world that smells heathendom and liberalism.
It is sad when we are more consumed about our own lives than taking the precious moments to give time to others who need it. We even submit ourselves to our own selfish and desirous pleasures. It is equally even sadder and worse when we don't fellowship with fellow Christians though we see the day approaching of the soon to be Lord's return, amen and amen. What a state we are in. We constantly struggle so much with all the wants and so called needs of this materialistic world. We want the "wants" for Christmas, but we keep our eyes closed to what is really around us - the need for fellowship. We should desire to be with our families and with the church. We should not neglect them. The church is a spiritual refuge for us. We are not to complain, too, when a loved one wants to talk about non-vitally important things. Being together and having a listening ear to someone are best traits we carry on through life.
We just got over Christmas, but l will ask you, what did you do for the Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas? Did you do for Him that He expects out of you? Did you try to win a soul for Christ? Did you weep with someone, a family member, due to some bad words that may have been said unintentionally? Did you go to the church house to be with other believers and pray with them? Did you keep them in your prayers every day when the Lord God allows you to live? Did you greet your neighbor next door for Christmas or send a Christmas card to someone the Lord lays on your heart instead of ignoring him, thinking he is not worth your time?
As the new year approaches what do you say, "we try our best to love our neighbors more"? What do you say to us - being more loving to our own families more often? What do you say to church goers - going to church more on a regular basis, be with other believers and not opt out to leave after the service is over; but STAY, fellowship after wards and truly see how each one is doing? Are you encouraging and lifting up those you know are in real need? Even those who are not in need still need a friend and someone to talk with. One of these days, a dear family member will die and you will travail horribly as you wish you have spent more time with him? Will you surely lament for his soul, if unsaved, because you never led him to Christ.
Even writing this, the Lord is convicting me on many things that l am so guilty of. I know all of you are guilty in some ways, too, of not doing what our great and loving God expects of us. We need to make it a point to not neglect the church, family, close friends, nor those at church. We will not cry for help, nor plea for salvation from the Lord's heart not unless we listen when He convicts till we do something to bring lost souls to Him.
Do not forsake each other when others need you the most. I felt l needed to write this as l have seen at this time of year, right at Christmas, the true needs of those that need us the most and who truly need the Lord in their lives. Let's pray more for everyone around us, ok?
I love you and pray for you all without knowing who you may be. A saved or lost sinner, makes no difference, rich or poor, happy or bitter, loving or hateful, black or white, race is no difference. Let's make an effort to do the Lord's work to encourage others, be together more often, and make the devil hate us more as we live for our mighty God.
May our sweet Lord Jesus Christ have His way with you all, and lead you into a submitted and obedient life with Him. May your life be joyous, content, happy and full of the Lord's peace, goodness, and holiness. That His conviction will keep you against His bosom, trusting in Him every day.
Happy New Year to all!
(c) December 26, 2010; Michael Carey
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