“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.”
Today I will share a few quick thoughts that God spoke to me through these common verses. At least, I hope they are common to others! 🙂 They are a couple of awesome verse to meditate on frequently!
Take time to consider. How often do I actually stop to ponder my love for my fellow Christians? I mean, I know I love the Christians in my life. They play a big part in helping me grow closer to God. They really do help me do the “iron sharpening iron” command. I love them for that. But do they know I love them? Or do they have to guess or wonder if I take them for granted? When have I taken time to think about ways to thank them for their love shown to me? When have I pondered “good deeds” to put into action to encourage them? Set aside a few minutes and just pray that God shows you just one thing you should do to encourage another Christian in your life, whether it is a spouse, a child, a parent, a friend, a coworker, a community member you admire, a pastor. God would love to show us how to love one another better! It is a pray He will delight to answer. He always wants to show us little way we can daily reach out to other Christians.
Take time to make action a habit. Okay, once we have prayfully considered some actions to take we need to actually do them! I know this is hard in today’s world. Everyone is so busy. We have good intentions to get birthday cards sent to loved ones, casseroles delivered to hurting people, special events planned for family time, etc. Then we get lost in the rush of life and let those things slip. I mean, laundry has to be done, bathrooms cleaned, school games and meetings attended, work problems resolved, church activities pieced together. It is a hubbub of rushed chaos. I know. My calendar speaks of the same things. Unfortunately, we make a habit of pushing out the important things for the habit of rushing through life filled with guilt and shame at unfulfilled nudges from God. (You know, when God pokes you to do something and you ignore it.) So, purposefully weed out the bad habits such as checking Facebook ten times in a day, Pinteresting the hours away, running extra errands, a.k.a. shopping, that aren’t necessary, whatever your bad habit may be. Instead invest a few of those wasted minutes in building a new habit of simply reaching out to others within the family of God. Don’t give up if you have a hard day, trust God to help you again the next day.
Take time while we still have time! Who doesn’t work better when they know they have a deadline? Deadlines force us to be wise time managers. Well, God gave us a deadline too. The Day of His return is fast approaching. We may not know that exact hour but that should make us all the more eager to work with each day that is given to us. Remember your priorities. God cares about our hearts and our love for Him and others. Prioritize what God prioritizes.
Finally, a quick word to introverts and extroverts. To introverts, don’t panic. This doesn’t mean that you have to speak to crowds of people each day. Don’t be overwhelmed. God knows who you need to reach out to and He will give you the strength to reach out of your comfort zone around others. To extroverts, don’t burn out. You might want to start helping and loving everyone. That isn’t necessary. Jesus only had a few close disciples here on earth that He invested most in time with. Follow His example and find only a few people you know to reach out towards. God will show you which ones. Trust that God will reach the other people you can’t and be okay with not talking to everyone this time. 🙂
I would love to hear from you in the comments. What are some thoughts that stand out to you from this passage in Hebrews? What are a few ways you can take action? Who has God been nudging you to reach out and encourage lately?
Praying for you as you continue to daily travel through this world!