“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” (NIV)
People. Humans. Unless you’re a hermit in the middle of the desert with no WiFi, you can’t escape them.
Some are great. They make your brain dance a happy dance!
But others are so frustrating they make you want to tear your hair out with pliers! (Sorry for the visual, but it just had to be said.)
People have an un-deletable part to play in your spiritual growth. Some are people you like… but some are people you don’t.
In the book of Hebrews, the writer knows it’s much easier to keep to yourself, subscribing to the just-me-and-Jesus philosophy. So he offers a corrective:
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…”
When we try to grow in isolation, we miss opportunities not only to BE fed, but to FEED others in their faith and life. As it turns out, a stronger connection with believers equals a stronger connection with God.
(For some reason that Barbra Streisand song just jumped into my head: “People… people who need people.” Um, moving on…)
I know some people can be difficult. But they’re a part of God’s plan to make you more like Jesus. When Jesus is teaching people how to love others, have you ever noticed that he’s usually talking about people who aren’t that easy to love?
Maybe it’s talking to some friends over coffee (or wine) about some questions you have. Or maybe it’s a small group at church. They encourage you. And you encourage them. And you become more aware of God’s power and presence in your life.
Other people to your faith are like muscles to your flesh.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday message from Westminster called “It takes a village to raise a child (of God).” You can hear the podcast here. Enjoy!