Spur One Another On

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25, ‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’

 

Observations: The Letter to the Hebrews is like one long sermon about what Jesus has achieved for us on the cross. In chapter 10 the writer gets very practical. Since we have access to the father through Jesus’ blood (v19), then we should draw near to God (v22), we should hold onto our hope (v23) and we should spur one another on (v24-25). The word ‘to spur on (paroxusmos)’ refers to how a rider encourages a horse to greater effort by applying spurs to its flanks. In the same way we are to encourage one another to greater ‘love and good deeds.’ One thing we shouldn’t do is ‘give up meeting together.’ In the Greek it’s ‘don’t forsake meeting together.’ It’s the same word that Jesus used on the cross, ‘My God why have you forsaken me! (Mt 27:46)’ We cannot spur one another on if we don’t meet together. The second way we spur one another on is by ‘encouraging one another.’ The word ‘encourage’ specifically refers to speaking words that encourage others, but we can also encourage one another through practical ways as well. And this is something that we should do more and more, as Jesus’ return becomes closer.

 

Applications: As followers of Christ we are called here to three things. Firstly, are you spurring on your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ towards love and good deeds? Are you holding others accountable to living out their faith in Jesus? Are you actively discipling someone? Secondly, are you committed to meeting together with your fellow brothers and sisters as often as you can? And I don’t mean once a month, rather I mean every day (Heb 3:13)! Are you looking for ways to encourage someone every day? Thirdly, are you encouraging people, both verbally and practically? How are you using your words and actions to build up your fellow believers?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You not only saved me from my sin through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross, but You also placed me in Your family, so that I could encourage others and be encouraged by them. Lord, forgive me when I think that church is all about me and my needs, rather than sacrificially serving the needs of others. Lord, help me spur your people on to love and good deeds. Lord, help me to be faithful in meeting with Your people every chance I get, so that I may encourage them in their faith. Lord, use me to build Your kingdom and bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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