Adjusting To A New Normal
Hebrews 10:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 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.
The Hebrew Christians were going through a hard time and were being persecuted. Nobody knew what was going to happen next. Because of some of the things that were happening, people were wondering about their faith in God. Some of them were wondering if their faith and hope in God was misplaced because of what was happening.
So, the stronger Hebrew Christians were told that they had to find ways to assure them that God was faithful to His promises. And because of His faithfulness, they should stand firm and not waver. Those whose faith was wavering, were abandoning their fellowship gathering and Christianity altogether, going back to Judaism.
Because of the things that are currently happening in the world, and, as much as people may want it, life will not be the same. In what is being called “The New Normal” we, as a church body have to find other ways to be together. So, we too, may have to keep some people from wavering. The stronger Hebrew Christians had to encourage and urge the wavering Hebrew Christians not to abandon the faith, especially as they saw the “Day” approaching.
In this new normal, where we can’t be physically together, we can never forget that though physically apart, we are still connected because of the Holy Spirit that lives in us. And, the fact that we are in Christ and He is in us, makes us one body. But, we have to encourage people not to abandon the faith, as well as, not forsaking our connection with each other, in a time when we have to remain physically apart.
So, now in the coming days and months, we still need to keep people engaged and to keep them from abandoning both, the local church and the Christian faith all together. We have to do what the Hebrew Christians did, we have to stir up each other to practice love and doing good. We have to exhort ourselves and others from abandoning the faith and our assembling ourselves together both n.
But, how can we do it?
We have a lot of tools at our disposal. We have technology, which includes streaming video with chat interaction. We have basic cell phones and TV’s with public access channels. And we have postcards and letters with the postal service to deliver our message.
Similar to when Paul talked about reading a letter to all the churches in a location, that one letter may have been passed around to each church in the area. The streaming and chat capabilities of current technology, we can create various internet groups. We can use our phone to create a phone group. Or, we can write cards and letters to create a letter group in order to keep each other connected.
So, regardless of how it's done, we must stay personally connected and engaged. Keeping friendly, loving communication and accountability is the key. No brow beating. Just a sincere “How are you? How’s this or that coming? Did you talk to him or her? Is there anything I can help you with or pray about?”
Yes, in this new normal, we have to find different and creative ways to corporately praise & worship God and connect with each other. As believers, we have to march to a different drum in the way we do God’s work, while keeping ourselves out of harm’s way.Emphasizing our life in our new normal, we have to do what the Hebrew Christian were instructed to do. We are to, “... consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 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.”