The call to be an "encourager" seems so simple, yet in reality, sometimes it is hard to do. Why?
Because so much "stuff" gets in the way of God’s calling on our lives to be an impact to others. Paul, even in a bad situation, took the time to pray and encourage his church.
“That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3)
Paul’s care and concern is shown even to those he did not personally know but who knew him. This encouragement was personal, yet wasn't dependent to only those who were close to him.
Paul's goal was that we support each other. With each other’s support would flow confidence that we need to fulfill God’s calling for our lives. God knows that we all need encouragement to get us through life and our ministry.
The support of one for another must be shown both in a church and in us as individuals in order to produce healthy relationships.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Encouragement must be fulfilled in our relationship with Jesus so that we are knit together by our love.
In so doing, we give hope that builds upon one another's faith and then that faith displays the supernatural power of Jesus in our lives.
Our confidence comes from the personal relationship we have with Jesus.
In fact, it is by our faith that we have confidence in Jesus even when times are uncertain and stressful.
In doing so, others may receive an example of confidence and faith in Christ that will help them handle the adversities of life.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
God has a plan; it is secret to those who do not want to know it and open to those who know Him. It is simple: Jesus is our Savior and Lord, and who we are is based on who we are in Him. Our true treasure is Jesus and His empowerment, as well as the knowledge, wisdom, and faith He gives us for daily living.
All we need is hidden in Jesus. He gives us the key to open it up and empowers us to use it. In so doing, no one will be able to deceive us.
When we are uncertain we have people near to help us as well as the Holy Spirit's empowerment. This faith in Jesus is what makes us happy and content.
“Heavenly Father, I know all that I will ever need is in Jesus. I know You have a plan for me and my true treasure is Jesus and His empowerment, as well as the knowledge, wisdom, and faith He gives me for daily living. I will be strong and of a good courage, and I will not fear. I know You will not fail me, nor forsake me. I know in doing so, others may receive an example of confidence and faith in Christ that will help them handle the adversities of life. Father, use me to the praise of Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”