A lawyer and an engineer were fishing in the sunny Caribbean. They were discussing their great vacations when the lawyer said, "I'm here because my house burned down, and everything I owned was destroyed by the fire. The insurance company paid for everything." "That is quite a coincidence," said the engineer. "I'm here because my house and all my belongings were destroyed by a flood, and my insurance company also paid for everything." The lawyer, quite puzzled, "How do you start a flood?"
Hebrews 10:24-25: “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Pastor Grant talked about this passage and starting a riot of love and ministry in our community. David Milican, our new Men’s Ministry Coordinator, talked about this verse and how we need to encourage the men of our church to become the godly men that the Father has called to be and what their families and our church need them to be. What this verse tells us is that good intentions will just not get it done! We must be here to influence lives here. Sure, we can’t be here every time the doors are opened, but being here must be a priority. But this passage also tells us what to do when we’re here. It doesn’t say fight and struggle to get what you want or what you like, but focus on encouraging others in their journey to become like Jesus. Encourage others to take advantage of their opportunities to love and serve with good deeds. Their good deeds may not be the same deeds you are called to do and that’s okay because even though we’re all part of one body, we’re different parts of that body. Imagine what would happen if every part of the Body of Christ was healthy and functioning! That would be a riot of love, encouragement and ministry. All He is asking is that we consider what would happen. Think it through. Imagine what would happen if you and I focused on encouraging others to do what God has called them to do. Why? Because time is running out. The day is coming when the door of opportunity will be closed. Are you breathing? Have a pulse? Then, let’s get busy encouraging each other.