by Zach Roll
Encouraging one another in Christ.
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“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 English Standard Version.
My summer as a camp counselor was probably the best summer of my life. I met my wife that summer, I got to minister to kids every week all over Colorado and New Mexico, and I got to hang out with some of the coolest people I’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. It was also the most draining and exhausting summer I have ever experienced. At camp, how did we counselors keep a level of intensity and energy to match that of hundreds of kids, everyday, for ten straight weeks? How do we all, in general, keep going when life gets crazy, and when it feels as if we are constantly busy with no end in sight? Not alone, and not by our own power.
When we enter into periods of our lives that are hectic and overwhelming, we need something to keep us going. We cannot create our own energy, and we cannot simply “keep going.” Something has to pour into us. That something is the Word of God. Coming into communion with God, and letting Him pour into us, is so important if we are to obey God in what he is asking us to do to accomplish His will. He sustains us in all things. This is the foundation for continuing God’s will in our lives. Once we are poured into by God we must not retain this within ourselves, rather we are to pour into others and encourage them in their walk with God.
God never meant for man to walk through life alone. Humans need community, and Christ gave us the church that we may gather together, and encourage each other to walk faithfully and joyfully in God’s will.
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