The Forsake Challenge

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Experiencing healing and hope this year will require healthy action on our part. Each of us needs relationships that stir up faith and good works. We all need people in our lives that challenge, encourage, and exemplify Christ-following. This is only experienced through the actions of faithful participation and investment.

Growth will require some old things to die in us and will allow for new things to take root in our lives. We often hope that new things will take root in the same patch of that an old way is still rooted in. This will never work.

The Forsake Challenge is challenge to set priorities, to press in and to actively seek growth in Christ, knowing this will require forsaking things we know (and perhaps love or enjoy) for things we do not know (and, therefore, do not love or enjoy).

Here are some actions that exemplify not “forsaking the meeting together” and some ideas of what people might need to forsake to regularly and actively participate.

I will attend worship services regularly at Fellowship.
Potential Items to Forsake:
– My family will not participate in multiple travel ball teams.
– I will not pick up extra overtime on Sundays.
– If I already miss church regularly because of work schedule, I will make it a
priority on my weeks off, over sleeping in and having a family morning.
What are the things you are not forsaking that cause you to forsake the
assembling of the saints on Sundays?

I will participate in a life group regularly.
Potential Items to Forsake:
– I will not stay up on more than one television show.
– I will not choose a social club over my spiritual life.
– My children and my family will have a messy schedule one night per week.
– I forsake my ability to live a silently sinful life.
What are the things you are not forsaking that cause you to forsake the
assembling of the saints in small group?

I will serve on a church team.
Potential Items to Forsake:
– I will forsake the ability to decide to not go to church at the last minute.
– I will forsake making decisions without thought of Sunday responsibilities.
– I will forsake being served to serve.
What are the things you are not forsaking that cause you to forsake the
assembling of the saints in serving the Lord together regularly?

We must share in the crucifixion so that we might share in His resurrection. The death of self is necessary for new life in Christ. I encourage you to consider deeply and personally the things in your life that are presenting you from giving yourself fully to God. We have shared some of those possibilities about the corporate spiritual life (which every believer needs to deal with), but what do you need to forsake personally so that you might grow in Christ individually?

Are you willing to take the Forsake Challenge?

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