THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Thanks, Bro. Pat Lofton, for reminding me to be an "encourager."
Bro. Pat wrote:
"Having served as supply preacher and interim pastor for 13 churches over the past 13 years I have a great love for the following joke!
An old preacher was reminding the congregation that he was not the permanent pastor---just filling in until a new man took over.
Looking around he saw that the old church building had a broken window pane into which someone had placed a cardboard.
The old preacher said, “I am not your pastor---I am like that cardboard over there---I am just filling in.”
After the service, a kindly member sought to encourage the preacher with these words,
“Preacher, I want you to know you are not just a cardboard---you are a real pane (pain?).”
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
"Exhort," in the above Scripture is a word meaning: call others near, to encourage, to comfort.
As human beings, we all need encouragement.
The word "daily" implies continued and close fellowship.
Daily the world throws stones at us.
What shall we do with them?
We can build "walls" to keep people out.
Or, we can build "bridges" to help others cross into the joy of Christ.
Choose to be an "encourager!"
In the Old Testament, when the spies returned from the "Promised Land,"
many decided NOT to enter because of fear. (See Numbers, Chapter 13:31-33)
Thus, they were "hardened" by unbelief (Heb. 3:19).
The "deceitfulness of sin" (Heb. 3:13 above) kept them from receiving all God had for them at that moment.
Joshua and Caleb, however, said "..rebel not against the Lord...the Lord is with us.." (Numbers 14:9)
They were ENCOURAGERS!
Today, choose to be a "real pane!"
Let the light of Christ flow through you and into others.
Be an ENCOURAGER!