And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
The term translated “consider” in our text is in the present active form of the verb katanoeō, which means to think about or consider. So it denotes an on-going, continual action. Likewise, the term translated “stir up” (paroxysmos), means to sharpen, stimulate, spur on, or incite (here positively).
That means God wants us to always (continually) and actively think about how to sharpen, stimulate, influence or encourage one another to love and serve God. We cannot leave it to chance or be casual or passive about it. It is our business to intentionally consider how we can boost our fellow believers’ devotion to Christ. It’s not our duty to deflate others’ zeal for God–that is Satan’s business! We are all called to inspire others to love and work for God more. That’s the goal of fellowship. WILL YOU DO THAT?
EACH ONE OF US has a part to play in other disciples’ spiritual growth and impact for God. Your unique gifts can be a powerful source of inspiration to someone else. Your very presence in a large or small group of the church can make a difference to someone. Don’t underestimate the value of your unique calling, anointing and personality in Christ!
Observe that the Word here teaches that, in light of Christ’s ever nearing Return, our fellowship must INCREASE, not decrease! This is not the time to relax but to intensify our devotion to Christ and His body. It’s high time you and I upped the ante in terms of ministry and fellowship. Let’s not take our foot off the pedal. Keep the fires of fellowship burning!