It Takes Each One of Us

 

Somebody sure was right when they said that high school years are some of the best years ever. I remember my high school years. They were incredible, AWESOME, stupendous, or whatever word you might want to put in there. I have always been a fan of music, and one of my favorite things about my high school career was that I was a member of the Ramsay High School Marching Ram Band. We were quite an unusual band. We were small with only about 100 members, and to perform at our best, it took all 100 of us on the field. However, that’s not what was weird about us. The unusual part was that we had no football team to play for. So I have never had the thrill of playing in a football game at halftime. But we did do competition band. Almost every Saturday we would travel far and wide to do some type of competition or parade in some part of the south. But all events were not equal. While at some events, which were highly public, we were 100 members strong; at others we would have less than half of our band members show up. Although from time to time there would be some who were out for illness or other valid reasons, oftentimes there were those who found other things which they considered more important to do. Most times for those who worked so hard to finalize a band show, you could hear the disappointment in the performance when so many of our members were not present.

 

Something about being present at any event will certainly encourage another to be present.  Have you noticed our number lately? Some weeks our attendance is up, and some weeks it is down.  We have people who are ill or travelling, but the plain simple fact is this people being present encourage other people to be present.  The Hebrew writer, inspired of God, spoke this many years ago saying, “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Heb 10:24). The writer says that we should be mindful of one another in order to (or it could be translated “therefore”) stir up love and good works.

 

Young folks and older members alike, we should be mindful of others and we should consider each other so that we may stir up both love and good works. But how do we do that? Thankfully God’s word does not end with this statement, and the Hebrew writer continues saying (by) “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. “ (Heb 10:25). We exhort or encourage one another literally by not “deserting” the assembly of Christians together. Isn’t amazing that God’s word speaks of this concept almost 2000 years before I was in the marching band? God was aware that it is possible for us to encourage one another by just being present and assembled with the saints. To be present at any activity of the church at which we are able to be present, we encourage each other.

 

How important is it to assemble with each other? Whether you are aware of it or not, you are encouraging someone by being here today on this Lord’s Day, attending services at Logan Martin church of Christ. Young folks, you exhort your fellow youth group members by being present at activities with your youth group. You encourage those around you when you attend activities that are planned just for you. Parents and others, you help to exhort those here this morning by being here, assembled with the church. Let’s not take this responsibility lightly, and continue to encourage others, young folks, by your presence here, as well as with your youth group.

 

Ande Z

 

Activities:
Friday – Final Fall Fling @ BCC
Friday – Shreek at the Creek @ ICYC
Saturday – Ironaton Youth Day
10/21 – Area Wide @ Sylvan Springs – Leave at 4:00pm
10/23 – Devo @ Ande Z’s

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