‘Encourage one another daily…so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.’ Hebrews 3:13 NIV
Sin is a filthy, stinking, rotten, liar. That stuff that promises to feel gooood at the expense of being able to feel God, is bad stuff man, take it from us. But if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already got an inkling of that. So why bang on about it? Maybe because we all continue to fall for the lies?...
There’s a difference between encouragement that says ‘Aye-aye beautiful, Love the selfie!’ and the type that says ‘Go ON mate, go for it!’ Today’s verse is about the sort of encouragement that stands alongside your christian brothers and sisters and says ‘Come on family! We know Who we stand for! I’m with you, don’t give in to that distraction!’ And frankly, from time to time, we all need someone to say it to us.
The full verse even includes the phrase ‘...encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”...’ (Heb 3:13 NIV) - the writer’s got a sense of urgency - like that message of solidarity, of support for each other, is really needed, and needed *now*. We suspect you’ve noticed this already, but your Christ-siblings are surrounded by tasty temptations, right now, that would trap their hearts and turn them to stone, if only they give in. God’s prevention plan for this disaster? You, Christian. Your encouragement can be the lifebuoy that drags someone back from sin. (And you’re His *first* choice, too.)
Get (down) on it then! Who do you know who loves Jesus, and needs to know the arm of a fellow-follower around them ‘whilst it is still called “Today’’’? Fire off a message to remind them why they’re a Christian, and that they’re not alone. Quick!