Monday, July 1, 2013

Encouraging One Another

“But 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

This summer, our team has experienced spiritual warfare in many different ways: whether it be physical, mental, emotional, etc. Alongside prayer and scripture, we have used visual reminders around our apartment as a form of encouragement through it all.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds. 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 10:24-25

Also, we started doing something called S.O.S. which means Supporting Our Sisters. Every week we all pick names out a hat and that is our sister to encourage and pray for the week. We all have mailboxes on our doors where everyone can leave notes, small gifts, etc. Besides leaving things for each other we also find others ways to encourage through serving each other. Then at the end of the week we all get to reveal who our SOS was for the week. It’s just small things like this can help us all when things get hard.

All of the motel outreaches, all of the refugee home visits, all of the backyard bible clubs, and everything else we do is in vain if we do not center it all back on Christ. As humans everyone has rough days and we often forget and need to be reminded of who we are and whose we are in Christ.  No matter what our circumstances, good or bad, we always need encouragement and we always need to keep our focus on Christ above all.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:2-3