Today's Blog Topic: We Need More Encouragers
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
The R&B singer, Dionne Warwick sang a song entitled: "What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love." I totally agree with her and others who profess that sentiment. Unfortunately, there are other people in the world espousing the opposite. There is rancor of negative speech, bad behavior, and bullying that has reached outrageous proportions. That is why it is incumbent upon new parents to take up the mantle of building their child's self-esteem from the cradle to the grave. It is our job as parents and grandparents, Sunday school teachers, mentors, and spiritual mothers and fathers, to regularly speak positive confessions and words of encouragement to those we love.
The 2010 movie, the "The King's Speech tells the story of England's King George V1, who unexpectedly became king when his brother abandoned the throne. At that time the country was on the brink of World War 11. The government and leading officials wanted someone who was proficient in speech, well-spoken, influential and able to use his voice via radio to communicate the perils and danger that this war could perpetrate on this country and the surrounding allies. But the problem was, George had a stuttering problem.
The film's portrayed George's wife as the person who would have the most influence upon his life during this difficult time. She provided the encouragement that he needed to overcome his difficulty with stuttering. Her steadfast love and devotion provided the necessary support that he needed to govern and to deal with others who opposed him or tried to overthrow his rule during the war.
The Bible sheds a shining light on several people whose starring role was that of an encourager. These men and women of God gave special, powerful help or assistance during challenging circumstances. Moses also had a speech problem. When God called him to go to release the children of Israel from Egypt, Moses exclaimed that he could not talk well enough to fulfill that assignment. However, his brother Aaron was chosen to go along and be Moses' right-hand man. Aaron and Hur supported Moses during Israel's battles in the Exodus 17:8-16. They held up his arms and brought encouragement and help a weary Moses, who grew tired from holding up his rod. Elizabeth encouraged her pregnant cousin Mary when she went to visit Elizabeth who was also pregnant with child (Luke 1:42-45).
After the Apostle Paul was converted, he needed someone to vouch for him. The disciples heard about him but were not truly convinced that he indeed stopped persecuting the followers of Jesus Christ. But along came Barnabas whose name literally means, "son of encouragement." When the disciples were fearful and doubtful of Paul, Barnabas at the risk of his own reputation and life, spoke up for him. (Acts 9:27) His validation and endorsement were essential to Paul being welcomed into the Christian community and family. Barnabas would later be one of many disciples that would accompany Paul on his missionary journeys. Despite the many dangers and obstacles, Paul and Barnabas worked together to proclaim the gospel.
Today, more than ever, Jesus is raising up a new generation of "encouragers." Some people call them, Mentors, Coaches, Spiritual Mothers, and Fathers, etc. The Body of Christ is called to encourage, equip and build up one another. In the book of Ephesians chapter 4:12, it states: 12 Why is it that he gives us these special abilities to do certain things best? It is that God's people will be equipped to do better work for him, building up the Church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity; 13 until finally we all believe alike about our salvation and about our Savior, God's Son, and all become full-grown in the Lord—yes, to the point of being filled full with Christ.
The truth is that some of us were late bloomers, therefore, we needed someone to take us under their wing and mentor, encourage, and love us so that we could develop the confidence that we needed to go forth in our business and ministry. Believers in Jesus are still called to "encourage one another and build each other Thessalonians 5:11 says:: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 New International Version 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (NIV).
My prayer is that we will be eager to offer encouragement to help support our sisters and brothers in Christ, especially as they face challenges of health, finance, and other types of problems.
Let's stop being afraid to help one another.
Let's stop playing the copycat role.
Let's put off jealous, envy and strife.
Let's find ways to make our enterprises affordable when appropriate.
Let's not covet one another's gift and ministries.
Let's build bridges instead of a wall.
The encouragement of a friend, mentor, pastor, etc. can make all the difference in the world.
HAVE A BLESSED REST OF THE DAY AND: DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS