THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
For I long to see you… to strengthen you… that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
Romans 1:11-12 ESV
SPIRITUAL HABIT #3 – ENCOURAGEMENT FROM OTHER BELIEVERS
An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse, named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond. Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try.”
Living for Jesus in our culture is not easy. We make it more difficult when we don’t link arms with others who want to grow in Christ like we do. When we isolate ourselves from other believers, we can become easily discouraged. Have you noticed how easy it is to worship, pray, study the Bible, and do what’s right when you’re at church with a whole bunch of other believers? That’s because there is strength in numbers. We need each other’s’ encouragement not only when we are at church but every day of the year. Who are your closest friends? Are they encouraging you to obey Jesus or do they have the opposite effect? What people in your life are encouraging you to keep growing in your walk with the Lord? If you can’t think of any, seek out other believers who can encourage you to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.