“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
Let’s make a game of these memory verses. As we focus this week on the words, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” let’s really do this. Let’s consider all the people we know, the people we encounter frequently, and let’s brainstorm ways to encourage them. Then let’s follow through using our favorite ideas! We’ll be committing two new verses to memory and putting them into practice at the same time. I’m thinking this will make both activities more memorable all around.
In reading these verses and reflecting on them for this post, I see one idea built in. The author of Hebrews is encouraging readers to keep meeting together because he (or possibly she) is concerned about those who’ve stopped meeting with other Christians regularly. Let’s build on this by reaching out to those we’ve started to miss. Not in a guilt-inducing way. In fact, we don’t even have to mention church attendance or small group activities. All we need to do to encourage such a person is to reach out in friendship. Send a card. Make a phone call. Invite this person to lunch. Sometimes just knowing that someone has thought of you and has wanted to spend time with you is all it takes to motivate a person who has left to come back. And even if the person chooses not to return, at least that person will be encouraged to know that someone cared.
- What encouragement ideas come to mind at first glance?
Father, the Day is approaching. Only You know when it is. As we wait, though, teach us to love. Help us to encourage each other and to do good deeds. Give us creative ideas and the resources to follow through. For the good of Your kingdom and the glory of Your name. Amen.