I can’t put into words how encouraging and uplifting this past Sunday was. I am really, really excited to see how God will work through the 28 people who accepted Sunday’s challenge. As I was watching people come forward to give more or to receive, I kept hearing Hebrews 10:24 in my head, “Let us consider how we may SPUR one another on toward love and good deeds.”
The Greek word for spur is paroxysmos which literally means to provoke or to incite. The word is generally used in a negative sense like in Acts 13:50 where the Jews incited or stirred up persecution for Paul and Barnabas. But the Hebrew writer uses it in a positive sense to provoke fellow believers to love more and do good. This word carries with it strong emotion. It is not some boring guideline or half-hearted warning. It is GET UP AND DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR SOMEONE ELSE!
You see, we need to be pushed to do good. We, like sheep, get easily distracted. We get in routines. We easily become selfish. We forget about those around us who may be hurting. We need to be constantly reminding each other: to keep serving, to keep loving, to keep sharing the Good News. This is why Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forsake the assembly. You need to be incited to do good work by fellow Christians.
I’m so glad to be a part of a community of faith that doesn’t just do church on Sundays, but rather we ARE the church—taking the love of Christ outside our walls. You have a chance every day to do good to others. Don’t let it pass you by. Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed 100, then just feed one.” That’s the kind of attitude we must have. Let’s get our spurs out and DO GREAT THINGS IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. –C.Fry