On Sunday morning when we assemble together with the church, we come together most importantly to worship God. There is a lot that happens on Sundays and Wednesdays when we are assembling together to worship and study God’s word. I have personally talked to several hundred people every Sunday morning. The conversation consists of a lot of things. Family, friends, and just life in general. I wonder, though, how many people that I don’t talk to need me to encourage them or how many I need to talk to so that they can encourage me? This is why it is important to not just talk to the same people all the time. This is why it is important to have conversations with different people.
The apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 said this, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” In our walk with Christ, we have just a few hours that we get to spend with each other. It is very important that we use those few hours for positive encouragement. This is not a time to tear people down or talk about people in a negative way. It is a time to build the church up. I know as a minister I look forward to Sunday and Wednesday because it is a time for me to be with my spiritual family and to be encouraged.
Worship is a time to encourage each other. Not only is it important to come and worship God, but it is also a time that we can encourage each other. In Hebrews 10:24-25, the writer makes the point that the reason we need to be in the assembly is to “stir up one another, to encourage one another.” We can’t do that if we are not in the assembly. Make a point to be in worship. someone there needs you to encourage them.
Fellowship is a time to encourage. The early church in Acts 2 and 4 fellowshipped daily. Why? Because it was a time to encourage and build each other up. The world is not going to encourage us. We must spend time together as Christians in order to build each other up.
I need encouragement on a daily basis. I know that you do as well. Let’s strive to build each other up and to encourage each other daily.
– Darrick Shepherd