Devotional for Saturday and Sunday January 30-31

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Resilience”

Our Bible verse for today: “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “Don’t underestimate the power of association”

Yesterday I mentioned the importance of the power of association. The kinds of people we surround ourselves with matters, because over time we become like those we associate with. If you hang around with a bunch of bank robbers, soon you will probably be robbing banks too. If you spend your time with drug addicts, before long you’ll probably be doing drugs too. If you spend your time with strong, resilient, on-fire Christians, it won’t be long before you begin exhibiting those qualities. We become like those we associate with. 

That’s what the writer of the letter to the Hebrews was trying to get across to his readers in Hebrews 10:24-25. When we’re in a group of fellow Christians who love one another, we will feel that love and we will share that love with others. If they are believers who regularly and enthusiastically engage in good works in the name of Jesus, you will probably get caught-up in that enthusiasm and soon you’ll be helping out with those good works too. If your church family is an encouraging place where believers lift one another up, pretty soon you will be encouraging and lifting others up as well. 

And so, he tells us that we’re not to neglect being a part of those meetings. If our church family is gathered, and if we can be there, we should be there. We need to be there. We need to be there so we can be influenced in a good way by others, and we need to be there so others can be influenced in a good way by us. 

The power of associate is real and it is indeed powerful. We become like those we associate with. So, like your mamma always said, “Choose your friends carefully”. Make sure the people you are with are people you want to be like because in time, you will be like them. 

I can’t think of a better, more resilient, and more encouraging group of people to associate with than the brothers and sisters at Oak Hill Baptist Church (I’m sure your church family is great too but pardon me if I’m a little biased about this). We meet for Sunday school at 9:00 and for worship at 10:00. If you’re close to Cumberland County Tennessee then please join us. If you’re not close, or if you’re staying home out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID 19 pandemic, then please join us online for the worship service at 10:00. It will be broadcast live via live-streaming on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page. 

Don’t underestimate the power of association. Be careful and thoughtful about who you associate with because over time, you will become like them. 

God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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