“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
This is not language we are used to. What does he mean, “as long as it is called today,”? Today is the time we have. It is the now. After today will be too late so we must act while there is an opportunity. In more modern terms, this is a limited time offer. There is a set day when it will be tomorrow and not today in a spiritual sense. Time is limited on earth. Once the limited time is gone, eternal time will begin. There will be no redos in eternity. Therefore we must act now.
We have no guarantee of tomorrow, and that is why we must act today. This is the day of salvation. It is here now and is offered now. Like insurance, there is an open enrollment, but when that open enrollment ends, there will be no more today’s.
Every Christian, by nature of his or her being a Christian, has a responsibility to other Christians. A major part of the church’s purpose is to encourage faithfulness among its people. The Christian life is not easy, and every Christian can use all the help they can get. While it is true, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us and strengthen us; we also gather great encouragement to faithfulness from the words and deeds of others.
Task for Today: I certainly hope you are an exhorter. Today, put your arms around another believer and give them a word of encouragement. You will find that in so doing, you will gain encouragement yourself. By ministering to others, you lessen the opportunity of being hardened by sin. Mutual exhortation moves us closer to being the people God wants us to be. Make a call, send a card, take someone to lunch or coffee, give a hug.