Encourage one another

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 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.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

This is one of my favorite verses. It prompts us first to reflect on how we might encourage one another towards a faith in action. In a world of constant distractions and endless entertainment, I think it is valuable for us to take time, slow down and reflect on our life, and how we can be used by God. If we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves living in a constant state of hurry. This state of hurry can rob us from any time to reflect on our life, and ask God for direction in our life. This passage specifically calls us to reflect and consider how we might encourage one another on.

This verse also calls us to spur one another on. I have ridden horses most of my life. I’ve ridden young horses and old horses, wild horses and tame horses, horses that wanted to kill me and a few that I wanted to kill! I have owned more spurs than I can count. Spurs are primarily used to generate and encourage movement. They make it uncomfortable to stay where they are.

In a similar way, I think when Godly community is done right it naturally inspires us towards Christ-likeness. It makes uncomfortable to stay where we are at in our spiritual maturity. This passage is such a great reminder to spend some time reflecting on how we can encourage the people around us, and they can encourage us, towards love and good deeds.

God made us to be in community. And he calls our fellowship to be marked with an intentional desire to grow and sharpen each other. I want to surround myself with people who push me in my faith and help my life to better reflect Christ. This short passage in Hebrews reminds us that we have a tendency to drift apart to isolation and we can find ourselves living out our faith alone. But we aren’t better alone, we are better when we are together. We are better when we make church and worship a priority. We are better when we take time to consider and reflect how we might encourage the people around us. We are better when we help each other to put our faith in action. We are better together. So find some people and do life with them. Not just because we are told to but because we are better that way.

Blessings.

 

Cale Lang5 Posts

Cale Lang serves as youth pastor at NorthRidge Church in Sabetha.

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