Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Knowledge Muscles – Part IV
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18
Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
We have studied prayer and Bible reading as two of the most important ways to exercise our knowledge muscles.
But God has ordained other ways for His followers to grow strong in their knowledge of Him. The Bible also mentions the gathering of believers to worship the Lord in song and for learning about God. The Hebrew writer reminds us:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
This verse reminds us that each believer is responsible for encouraging other believers whenever there is an opportunity. This verse also reminds us that we must not give up meeting together, especially as we realize that Jesus’s second coming could be at any time!
Our knowledge muscles grow stronger when we worship together in a church gathering with other believers. If we pay attention to the words of the worship songs and listen to those that God calls to preach His Word, we grow stronger in the Lord.
Do not allow the distractions of this world to make church attendance inconsistent. God has created this idea of regularly coming together and finding strength together. The very first group of believers, after Jesus went back to heaven, “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
Would people who know you describe you as “devoted” to the teaching of God’s Word and the fellowship of other believers?
Many people connected to their church over the internet during the past couple of years because of the pandemic. That is in the past and it is time to get back to your gathering of believers.
God never intended His children to grow isolated, living without the support of a church family.
Father, help me to become a devoted supporter of Your church. Help me to gain strength from my church family and give encouragement to others. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.