You can’t do “one-another” things by yourself.
Have you ever noticed how many “one another” passages there are in the Bible? Based on a quick google search, quite a few people have noticed because quite a few lists came up. God’s word encourages us to be with one another. “Be at peace with one another.” “Love one another.” “Serve one another.” “Bear one another’s burdens.” “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” “Care for one another.” “Bear one another in love.” “Encourage one another.” “Be kind to one another.” Those things are not very easy to do in isolation. And there are so many more.
This is one of my favorites, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
I think one reason there are so many “one another” scriptures is because it is God’s plan for us to follow Jesus with people we know well. I recognize my need for community most profoundly when I see myself as sent. I find that one of the the surest ways to get discouraged when seeking to live life on mission is when I find myself alone. I need community or I am prone to give up.
And I bet I’m not – alone – in that.
So if you are living life on mission or are thinking about it, you are invited to get together this Sunday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at Kent and Kris Wehmeier’s home to do what Hebrews 10:25 tells us to do! Let’s get together, share life, and stir one another up to love and good deeds. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you can make it. Just let us know and I’ll fill you in on how you can help complete the feast!
I believe we’ll be eating brats and chicken.