FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
Hebrews 3:13 ESV
A HEART TO LISTEN KNOWS THERE’S SAFETY IN NUMBERS
Pastor Kent Hughes illustrates the root idea of the word “exhort,” which means “to come alongside and encourage,” with the following example. Hughes writes, “I see this exemplified every time my church has a roller skating party, and the parents put their little ones on skates for the first time. Mom and Dad skate with their child, holding on to his or her hands, sometimes with the child’s feet on the ground and sometimes in the air. But all the time the parents are alongside encouraging… [exhortation] is a wonderful gift, and we are to place it at Christ’s feet and be willing to be worn out in its use.”
The author of Hebrews teaches that we are better off as Christians if we come alongside each other and encourage one another every day. There is a real risk that sin will deceive or trick us into becoming spiritually less sensitive. Pastor Steven Cole writes, “Sin fools us into thinking that it will get us out of our current problems and will deliver what we want, and that obedience to God will deprive us of what we want.”
We are all susceptible to being fooled by temptation and sin. It is God’s plan that we have other Christians who “skate” with us that can help us when we start to fall. This requires us to be open to allowing others to do life with us and to speak truth in love into our lives when we need to hear it. Who are the people in your life that you would listen to if they tried to warn you about an area of your life where you were becoming spiritually insensitive? Thank God for those people. Let those people know today that you welcome their loving perspective if they see an area in your life where you are being fooled about what’s spiritually best for you.