Thursday, October 11, 2007

We are all called to be encouragers:

In Romans 12, Paul classifies encouragement as a gift that some in the body may have more grace to accomplish and administer. However, we are all called to encourage one another. Those of us without the “natural” gift of encouragement must ask for more of God’s grace in order to be effective and active encouragers. God’s grace is powerful enough, big enough and sufficient enough to make all of us encouragers.

In Hebrews we are called to:
Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3:13

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:25
In fact, the act of making Disciples of Christ is an act of encouragement. Jesus said to:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. – Matthew 28:19-20
This great commission is a demand by Jesus for us to encourage all nations to be fully devoted followers of Christ and specifically to teach (encourage) all people to obey everything he has commanded. Again, this is essentially what the writer of Hebrews is encouraging.

Therefore, let us all be filled with God’s grace, the same powerful grace that has justified us, and let us encourage one another daily. Let’s build each other up and spur each other on to good deeds; for God’s glory.


Gord said...

Love the post on encouragement. I just wanted to add that the word encouragement itself literally means "to put courage into" which is a little phrase that packs a lot of punch. This is what we are to do - "in-courage" one another. Amazing concept, isn't it? Well, I'm off to do some encouraging of my own. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.