March 30, 2005
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Being in vital spiritual relationships with other Christians has its risks and rewards…and it’s the only way to live. All kinds of people walk in and out of our lives. Some people drain us of our spiritual and emotional energy, leaving us feeling empty. Other people drive us. They push and prod us to keep doing more, to work harder. They leave us feeling spent and exhausted.
But praise the Lord for those people who develop us. These are the special men and women in our lives who encourage and challenge us to be at our best for the Lord and equip us for the task. All of us need people like this around us.
Believers are like logs on a fire. Take a log off the fire and put it on the hearth by itself, and it will flicker and burn out. But put those logs together, and you’ve got a roaring fire. We men in particular tend to be like individual logs trying to burn alone. A lot of men have acquaintances, but no many have the kind of friends and mentors who know them well enough and are close enough to challenge them to growth in Christ.
The book of Hebrews urges all of us to stir one another up for the purpose of good works and not to forsake our assembling together. God did not design you to live an independent Christian life, separated from other believers. That’s why He placed you in the body of Christ, the “fellowship of the flaming heart,” which is the church of Jesus Christ. Find a group of Christians with hearts aflame for Christ and ablaze with spiritual passion, and it will ignite you as well.
“AS IRON SHARPENS IRON, A FRIEND SHARPENS A FRIEND”
(PROVERBS 27:17, NLT).