7785 - Encourage Others
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In Hebrews, chapter 3, is the second warning which the Lord’s Word passes to those who attend the Christian church. That second warning is: (Heb. 3:12) “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”
Then linked to this warning is an exhortation which applies to all who are a part of the body of Christ –– which is the Church. Listen to what the Lord’s Word encourages us to do in Hebrews 3, verse 13:
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “today”, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Notice that such words of encouragement minister to at least two people –– the one to whom encouragement is given, but also a blessing to the one the Lord chooses to voice the message of inspiration and hope to a brother or sister. Both parties end up receiving a blessing from God when this act of encouraging a brother takes place.
In this passage the warning is to a faltering person who is considering rejecting the message of truth and righteousness because of an unbelieving heart. Then comes the exhortation that each and every person involved in the body of Christ should be prepared to be the Lord’s messenger with words of encouragement and hope for a brother or sister.
Since these two are linked so closely together, it appears that the author may have in mind that a chosen child of God may be directed by the Lord to engage a struggling brother or sister with added truth from God’s Word, as well as a personal word of encouragement for the struggling person not to go back to the empty life of ritual, works and sacrifices from which they came. Rather a testimony of experience of the Lord’s mighty work, or an answer to a prayer which was cried out to God from a heart heavy with desperation, words which would call for the struggling one to remain faithfully on the road of seeking to find and personally know the Lord Jesus Christ; Words, which might be used to break down the stronghold of doubt and uncertainty.
Notice the author tells us that we should be ready at any time, during any day –– as long as it is Today.
This is a reference to as long as the age of grace is open. That means that the offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is still open and available to be claimed.
Keep in mind, only the Father knows when the end of this age will be sounded. Then the offer is no longer open; the door is closed. Then it will be too late to make a decision.
So, as long as grace is active and open we are to be alert and ready, as believers in Christ, to encourage one another.
Notice the effect, which this kind of interaction will have upon the body of Christ. These words of encouragement and hope, these testimonies to what God has done and is doing in our lives, will be used by God to draw people away from being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Again we notice this active interchange in the body has effect on both the person listening and the person sharing. Isn’t God gracious to give each of us the opportunity to be blessed in the process?
And we never know how our words of encouragement spoken in response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit may be received in the hearing heart. Many times they become the tool the Lord uses to tune-up the heart, which is not functioning just right at that time. It is His work and not ours. Our task is to be obedient and speak out when prompted by the Holy Spirit.
In the heart of the hearer, the important thing is how they will respond to the message sent from the Lord through you. That’s a matter between them and the Lord.
Did you know that the apostle Paul also talks about building upon another? Four times in the last four chapters of 1 Corinthians he talks about his ministry being one of building up and strengthening those in the church.
How about you? Would you make yourself available to the Lord to share a word of encouragement with others whom He might send along?