Serving God: Serve By Encouraging

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day six in the first week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Serve By Encouraging

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on 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 (NIV)

What is the most encouraging thing anyone has ever said to you or done for you?  What made it so?  How often do you like to be encouraged?  How often do you encourage others?  What are some things you could do this week to encourage the people around you?  Would it help if you knew what they received encouragement from?  How would you know?  Do you find the gathering together as a staff encouraging?  Why or why not?  What can you do to make it more encouraging?

The writer of Hebrews tells us that we should purposefully come together as a group to encourage one another.  As the days draw nearer to the return of Christ it is even more important that we spur one another on in remaining faithful to our calling in Christ Jesus.  If you haven’t noticed, life has a way of discouraging everyone at some time or another.  God has given us the task of encouraging others so that they too would be able to encourage us.  As you pray, ask God to help you to see the value in meeting together with fellow believers.  Pray that your life would be an encouragement to others as you meet together with an eternal perspective.

In prayer,

Tom

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