Spur One Another On
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
It is amazing that when runners want to improve their time, they join a running club so that they can pace themselves and improve their performance. They have a competitive spirit and the other runners spur them on to keep moving on and not to give up. This happens in other areas of life such as businessmen and entrepreneurs. They would meet with other like-minded people to bounce ideas off or give advice to help others. Marketing decisions are made within a group setting so that ideas can be shared or large decisions are made at board meetings.
Believers need to meet together to develop our spiritual fitness. Getting together to learn from others or to help others learn helps the group as a whole. If we are discouraged, we don’t need to bottle all of our struggles inside, but we can get insight and mentorship and suggestions on how to improve the situation. When you are on your own, you can be biased and subjective. With others in the room, you can be more objective and you also won’t feel like you are all on your own. We’ve seen people run marathons and there is a friend of a family member running with them for a short time to spur them on. Our relationship with God is also a marathon and we need somebody to run alongside so that we can make it to the finish line.