"Warn each other every day while 'today' lasts, so that no one will be deceived by sin and become hardened against God."

Hebrews 3.13

Living in another country has physically alienated me and my wife from the lives of our entire family and most of our friends. Along with this geographic distance comes the difficult task of trying to stay involved in their lives.

Our contact is limited and the time we manage to speak is spent mostly in conversations about what we have been doing and what we will do in the days to come. The sad thing is that for many people that is the only thing they talk about with their family and friends, even when they live in the same city and sometimes even in the same house, with much more important and crucial topics that they could talk about.

We have a very limited window of opportunity in which we can both be directly involved in each other's life.

Without a doubt, there is time for simple conversations and to catch up, but there is also a great need for conversations on a deeper level; conversations that are meant to encourage, help, and warn each other.

When we lose these valuable interactions we do not take advantage of the valuable resource we have in those close to us.

The verse mentioned is very clear that we have a natural tendency to be deceived by sin and end up turning our back on God. Since this is a very likely possibility, the writer of Hebrews fully encourages us to interact with each other on a daily, and every day, in a way that keeps us close to God and in good judgment.

How many people do you have meaningful conversations with during the course of a day? I mean real conversations about what's going on in your life?

How many people do you intentionally help by encouraging or warning? How many of these people do you allow to do the same with you, keeping you close to God?

The reality is that if we don't maintain these relationships and daily interactions, then we are likely to be deceived by sin resulting in our turning our back on God.

Today, be intentional about who you talk to and what you talk about. If you are isolating yourself from others and having superficial conversations, then you are in danger and you are also putting others in danger. Living shallow lives leaves you vulnerable to what's inside.

Robert & Rebecca Vander Meer