Motivating One Another

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works... (Hebrews 10:22-24)

We all have a story to tell when it comes to our walk with Jesus. Mine is a bit all over the place - a non-believer who grew up in the church, accepted Christ at 15, fell away from my faith at 22, then was pursued by Jesus until I finally stopped running and once again made the decision to follow him in January of 2004. Fifteen years ago I had a lot of baggage when it came to the church, and initially I told God that it was just going to be me and him, doing this faith thing solo - I wasn’t going near the church. Well, that lasted about three days, when God impressed upon my heart there was no way I was going to survive on my own without the support of the body of Christ. I’m so thankful my heart was soft enough to put aside my fears and obey, because I can’t begin to quantify the many ways I was blessed by the people God put in my life - first in San Francisco, then Seattle, and here in Iowa.

We need each other! Some popular worship songs may state, “Jesus, all I need is you” - and while that may be true when it comes to salvation and justification, when it comes to our Christian walk the Bible makes it clear we are all part of an interconnected, living body. We each have an important role to play, and we all have something important to bring to the table. Often the way we experience Christ is through the actions of a brother or sister in the Lord!

We also have an important role to play in encouraging one another in our faith. I’ve shared on several occasions about the two older men from church I meet with regularly for coffee. God has used them countless times to help process life, impart much needed wisdom, and keep my heart pointed towards Christ. I’ve experienced the same thing with my weekly men’s group that meets every Friday morning, and my biological brothers as well. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people God has put in my life!

Leroy Eims from the Navigators writes about this in his devotional “Motivating One Another.” He shares two key words from Hebrews 10:42-44 that every Christian needs to understand - “Let Us.” Verse 22 states: “Let us draw near to God…” Together we fellowship with God and get to know him better. Verse 23 states: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.” Together we point each other - and more importantly, those who aren’t Christians - to Jesus. Finally, verse 24 states, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” As a body we encourage each other to do good deeds, serve each other, and have an impact for the Kingdom.

I love Leroy’s summary statement:

The Christian life is personal, but it is not private. We are an interdependent body. And this call to be a spiritual motivator is given to all of us, not just the church leadership or full-time Christian worker.

For those of us who have grown up in the American church, it’s easy to sit back and assume that “encouraging” bit - and plenty of the other stuff too - is the job of the pastor or paid church staff. Nope. This is something each and every one of us is called to do. Take a moment and ponder - how can I encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord to walk in love today?