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Toward Love and Good

Friday - August 20th

Scripture to Read Today: Hebrews 10:19-25


Let us consider how we may spur one another

on toward love and good deeds.

Hebrews 10:24

"What would I get out of being in a small group?"

The direct question from a guy in our church lobby after a service a few years ago threw me. He framed it so directly and with such a consumer mindset. He wanted to know what HE could get out of a relational community with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Even as I tried to reframe his question to include how he could add value to the lives of others, he continued to talk about what HE would get out of the experience. He could not see beyond his own wants and needs to think about the wants and needs of others.

As Christians, many of us often ask what we will gain by showing up, serving, and building relationships within the church. Jesus never called us to be consumers. Instead, he called us to be contributors. As we engage in the community of believers, we should intentionally seek to be used by God to add value to the lives of others.

Our goal must be to "spur one another to love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24). The writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us to ponder and think about how best to do that. As we get to know others in a small group, ministry team, prayer group, or Bible study, we understand how best to encourage them toward love and good works. The more we do life with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, the more we can speak into their lives.

God challenges us to be in community with other Christians, not just for what we can get out of it, but for what we can give to others. The question of "What will I get out of a small group?" originates out of a purely consumeristic mindset. A better question is, "What can I do to help others in my small group move toward love and good works?"

How do you approach your relationship with your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you focus more on what you gain or what you give?

We should be looking for ways to encourage each other toward love and good!


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