Youth News - April 2010
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YOUTH NEWS - April 2010

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." - Hebrews 10.24-25

The Letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament seems to be written to a group of persecuted Christians who are considering leaving the faith and going, back to a more comfortable life in Judaism. We get a sense from the writer that many people who were once connected to other Christians in fellowship are now forsaking those gatherings.  The writer then urges those who are left to not neglect meeting together; and it doesn't stop there...

He goes on to urge them to encourage one another.  We learn that one of the main reasons why Christians are called to meet together is for the sake of encouragement.  So how can we speak to one another in such a way that our words have that encouraging impact in another person's life?

Being intentional is the key.  If encouraging one another came naturally, we probably wouldn't need to have this written in the Bible as a word of instruction for us. It's actually not very natural for us to be intentional about encouraging one another.  Somewhere along the line, being intentional got lost for some of the people who were connected to this early Christian fellowship; and being intentional can slip away from many of us still today.

So what are we supposed to be intentional about? We are called to meet together and to encourage one another.  So the first step is to get together with other Christians.  Whether it's in your home, at the church building, or somewhere else, we need to be with one another to be encouraging one another.  If there is someone in our church that you want to get to know better, take that first step and strike up a conversation, ask that person if they'd like to hang out sometime, or invite them to a group that you're already a part of.

The next step is to be intentional about encouragement.  This one often happens best with the people that we've built friendship and trust with.  Some of the most encouraging things that people can say to me are things that speak God's truth to what's going on in my heart - and those who know what's going on in my heart can know what they're speaking encouragement to.   The more we get to know other Christians at the heart level, the more we can know about the areas of life that they need encouragement in.

Who can you be more intentional with in your life?  Is it someone from work?  Is it someone from church?  Is it a spouse ,or a child?  Is it a friend?  I want to challenge you to try three things this month with the other Christians that God has placed in your life:

  • Ask someone how they are doing in their relationship to Christ and/or how you can best be praying for them.
  • Share with someone how you are doing in your relationship to Christ and/or how another person can be praying for you.
  • Pray for that person, and pray with that person.

Let us continue to encourage one another, and do it more and more as we see the day of Jesus' return approaching.

Matt Kay

 
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