“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do ….” Hebrews 10:35a (NLT)
Once a week, I attend a Bikram yoga class — you know, the hot one where you sweat a lot. A LOT. Other good things happen there too, like stretching and balance work, lots of focus and concentration. It’s been a really good practice for me, and once a week has been a good rhythm for me. Each time I go, I focus on God (the place where I attend seems to have divorced the practice from its eastern spiritual roots), I work hard, and I sweat a lot. And when I leave (after a shower, of course), I feel renewed — purged of toxins and old junk and refilled and with fresh cleanness. It’s like my system has been flushed, and I’m ready for a restart.
It’s just like what the writer of Hebrews meant in his encouragement not to “neglect our meeting together.” Something powerful happens when the church gathers, and it’s something we need to do an a regular basis. I believe the gathering of God’s people is like a flushing. It helps us get rid of our toxins and fills us with the power and encouragement to live renewed lives. Acts 2:42 states that when the early church gathered, they “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and prayer.” They confessed their sins to one another and partook of the communion elements. They got out of their daily life routines, and met to encourage each other with Scripture and prayer. Out with the things of the world; in with the things of God. In a word, they flushed. They flushed regularly.
So let us not neglect our meeting together. Whether it’s a big church, small church or house gathering of faithful followers of Christ, let’s not neglect the meeting together. We need each other, and we all need a regular flushing!