I was reading my copy of the Global Prayer Digest tonight and the Lord struck my heart with its verse for the day – Hebrews 3:13:
“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
What really jumped out at me was the word “daily.” What are all the implications of that? How should that look in a church body? Do communities of Christ practice this? It is scary to think just how hardened my life and many communities of Christ might just be but they don’t know it because they don’t encourage one another!
Later tonight as I was scrolling through my Google reader I came across this quote from D.A. Carson:
“It is a cheap zeal that reserves its passions to combat only the sins and temptations of others.”
Here then is the primary step toward realizing Hebrews 3:13 in communities of Christ – I must first be more worked up about my own sinfulness than the sinfulness of others.
This I believe will protect me from “scolding one another daily,” or “suspecting one another daily” or “poking holes at one another daily” instead of “encouraging one another” and what is more this will enable me to be “encouraged” daily also that I might not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
“Lord, stir within me a spirit of deep conviction of my own sinfulness that I might get more worked up about my own sinfulness than I do anybody else’s.”