Hebrews 3:13 reads, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘today,’ so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.”
Don’t miss the fact that the writer of Hebrews used the word “daily” in this verse. Too often we feel like being around other Christians once (or maybe twice) a week is enough. But what God has in mind for His children is for us to daily walk alongside one another, encouraging and exhorting one another in the faith. Why does He tell us to do this daily? Because when we’re apart from other Christians, we tend to slip into sin. And when we sin, we think it’s okay (this time). And the longer we go without someone helping to point us back in the right direction (toward Jesus), the more numb our heart gets toward that sin. That’s why Hebrews 3:13 says that we get “hardened by sin’s deception.”
So what do we do about this? How can we live out what this verse is telling us? First of all, find daily opportunities to encourage others to press on toward Christ. Secondly, find daily opportunities to be encouraged by other Christians. That could happen through spending time studying the Bible together (like we do at Coffee & Scripture on Wednesdays). Or it could happen through praying together (like we do at RCF on Tuesday mornings), through one-on-one discipleship times, or worshiping together at a church gathering on Sunday, etc. Make sure you are carving into your day a time to encourage others in Christ, and a way that you can be encouraged as well. We all need that every single day.
If you don’t know many other Christians at URI, RCF is a great place to connect with students who are striving to follow Jesus. We want to help encourage you and challenge you to grow in the faith during your time in college. Let us know how we can help you this week.