THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
“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 ESV
A CONSIDERATE CONNECTION
A guy stopped at a local gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind filling in the hole. The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road.
“I can’t stand this,” said the man tossing the can into a trash container and heading down the road toward the men. “Hold it, hold it,” he said to the men. “Can you tell me what’s going on here with all this digging and refilling?” “Well, we work for the government and we’re just doing our job,” one of the men said. “But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You’re not accomplishing anything. Aren’t you wasting the taxpayers’ money?” “You don’t understand, mister,” one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. “Normally there’s three of us: me, Elmer and Leroy. I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree and Leroy, here, puts the dirt back. “Now just because Elmer’s sick, that don’t mean that Leroy and me can’t work.” (Steve Shepherd)
Although Elmer was absent, they were encouraged by each other to keep working. Hebrews 10 reminds us that we need the encouragement that being connected to the Lord and to other believers can bring. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us that we are connected to each other because we are connected to Jesus. And since we are connected, we should consider or think about ways that we can encourage each other to love like Jesus and work like Jesus.
We were reminded in the sermon this past Sunday that: 1) Some decisions are too important to make alone; 2) Some difficulties are too hard to bear alone; 3) Some desires are too strong to resist alone. God made us to need each other. Can you think of some decisions, difficulties and desires you resisted that a Christian friend helped you with? If not, ask God to send some believers into your life with whom you can experience mutual encouragement.