“Let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb. 10:25
Lord Jesus, this is surprising, ponder-worthy, and, well, encouraging. With a view to your 2nd Coming, the main thing the Scriptures command us to do increasingly is encourage each other. Exponential encouragers—that’s what we’re called to be.
Not flatterers—which is just manipulation dressed up in a smile and party dress. Not fear-mongers and worrywarts—projecting our anxieties and “spirit of Eeyore” on each another. Not free-roaming commentators—offering our opinions, judgments, and “wisdom” about all things. And certainly not the “roadside assistance crew” nobody called—fixing people, rather than loving them.
Rather, encouragers—those committed to build each other up, and catch each other “doing it right.” Listening with the heart of our Father, speaking your kind of body language, Jesus, and offering words seasoned with grace, bringing the Spirit’s healing.
Jesus help us “see the Day approaching,” with greater clarity and joy than ever before. Fill our heart-nostrils with the fragrance of the New Creation world. Before long, all things will be new and beautiful. That Day is a lot closer than we realize. Until then, free us to worship, work, and play as unto you. Grant us quick repentances when we under-believe the Gospel, and over-believe everything else. So Very Amen.