In Search of Fellowship: Part 3
I don’t have to tell you that life is hard. Let’s face it tough times are a fact of life. From financial pressure to medical problems to relationship difficulties to the death of a loved one we have all faced some sort of hardship. The Christians who originally received the book of Hebrews as a letter understood tough times. They had already lived through one persecution, but were weary and ready to give up when a second round of persecution hit. These were people willing to throw away everything in order to escape a second round of suffering.
It is little wonder then that the writer of Hebrews tells his readers twice to encourage one another. In Hebrews 3:13 he writes; But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. The writer doesn’t say to tell each other to hang in there, but he tells them to encourage each other daily. We have to be on the lookout for how we can encourage one another everyday. Why? We need to encourage one another every day because life is tough for someone every day.
The writer of Hebrews goes on to write; 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 ( Hebrews 10:25). Part of finding encouragement is being dedicated to meeting with other followers of Jesus Christ. We can’t lock ourselves away in our rooms and expect people to come and encourage us. Being encouraged is the result of intentionally being around other people. Since we cannot guarantee that encouragement will happen when being with other Christians we need to remember to find ways to encourage those people we encounter, whether it is a kind word or a smile or seeking them out and saying hi.
Encouragement is about letting people know that no matter what happens they are not alone. I know I gain courage and confidence when I remember that I have people who love and accept me no matter what may happen. Encourage someone today, remind them that they are not alone.