…not neglecting our own congregational meetings, as some have made a practice of doing, but, rather, encouraging each other.
And let us do this all the more as you see the Day approaching.
One of the key things that makes our military one of the strongest forces on earth is their individual commitment to a common cause. They individually lay down other pursuits in life to come together as a team, to become one, to pursue excellence in working together to serve our Country and fight for our God-given freedom. Whenever someone abandons their position for which they pledged their allegiance, this is called AWOL. Here is the official definition of AWOL.
AWOL. It simply means not being where you are supposed to be at the time you are supposed to be there. When someone is AWOL, they have chosen to abandon their commitment to serve alongside their fellow soldiers, and have chosen their own personal pursuits instead. Doing so weakens the overall strength of the the troops. Sadly, far too many believers today are AWOL. They are not where they are supposed to be so that they can add strength to the rest of the body.
We come together as a body to be equipped for the work of ministry. We are to be about the Fathers business. We are to encourage one another when we come together, not just hear a sermon and run out the door. Jesus gave His all for us, surely we can give our all for Him. We need each other, and we need to never stop coming to be trained and equipped, and even so much the more as we see the Day of the Lord approaching. Time to lay down our will for the Father and unite together for a common cause, taking the gospel into all the world.