16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, he left us with an everlasting assurance of the grace of God, our Father. He also left us to encourage one another in his absence here on earth, so those that received Him would be confident in their faith of his coming. For this reason, we gather together to celebrate, remember, and share the good news.
Each June our church, Bethany Baptist Church, holds a convocation where pastors, all levels of ministers, and parishioners can learn more about the Body of Christ and the functions therein where they may serve the people of God. We come together to “provoke each other unto love and to good works.” Many churches hold similar gatherings in this month. It has been called convocation, revival, conference – but however it is known, this coming together is called for in the Word. We are to embrace this time, use it as an opportunity to renew our spirits and invest in each other as we wish to be invested in.
When we come together in large groups, we are reminded that everyone is coming with their own gifts, as well as their own issues. How amazing is it that someone else’s need is your abundance, that another person’s outpouring is your lack in need of healing? We are not to forsake coming together because when we fail to engage our brothers and sisters in the faith we miss what God has for his people. Our God wants us all to be complete so we can do the work of his house, to spread love and peace in the world he provided for us.
In this season of revival, make it a point to be with the body of Christ in which you have been planted. Be confident that your presence is necessary and beneficial. Not only may you have something for someone, someone may have a blessing for you.
By Daina Troy