MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”
Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)
SPUR ONE ANOTHER
The phrase “stir up” in Hebrews 10:24 comes from a word that means to sharpen. This passage is challenging us to think of ways we can “sharpen” or increase each other’s usefulness for God’s kingdom. The original Jewish readers were in great need of an exhortation to move forward in the grace found in the New Covenant and (at least some) were having a hard time breaking with old ways.
William McGuffey loved to learn. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1800, McGuffey learned the “three R’s” from his mother and attended classes taught by the local minister. He began teaching other students at the age of 13, furthering his education by borrowing books from neighbors. McGuffey became a college professor at the age of 26, but he is best remembered for his series of readers, which were used by generations of American schoolchildren. The McGuffey Readers urged (stirred up) students to adopt virtues such as truthfulness, kindness, hard work, thrift, and sobriety. William McGuffey was very successful at motivating others to practice virtuous behavior. He used interesting examples to make his point, knowing how important it is for people to see virtue in action.
George Adams reminds us, “Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.” “Consider” in Hebrews 10:24 means to think very carefully about something. Take some time and think very carefully who in your life needs encouragement. And then think carefully about a way you may encourage them today.