We live in a very fast-paced world and if you don't keep up, it's very easy to get left behind. In fact, most of us are so busy that we don't have time to help those who get left behind. Yet, that's exactly what the Bible calls us to do.
In 1 Thessalonians 5,
We're told to encourage the fainthearted and help the weak.
“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NASB)
Encourage is the Greek word “paramythéomai” which means “near speech.” That's a great word picture, isn't it? Get near to these people, come close.
The Bible says our words are to be like words seasoned with salt. Salt makes food tastes good, but salt also preserves. Let's take the opportunity to…
Speak Truth! Speak Life into the weak-hearted! Encourage them to continue in their struggle.
Help the weak is the second half of that verse. The Greek word for weak is “asthenōn.” It literally means “without strength.” Do you see what this means, Beloved?
We have the opportunity to provide ourselves as crutches for people to lean on.
My wife gave me a plaque and I'm not normally one for Christian clichés, but she knows me very well. This one resonated with me. It haunts me every day and is on my mind constantly. This is what it says,
“Grace sat down with me until I could walk again.”
Isn't that great? Doesn’t that capture exactly what the Thessalonians charge is all about? Are there people around you who can't get up anymore? Sit down with them until they can get up! Take the opportunity to be the Church. The Church is actually to be “God with skin on”
so that we can touch people's lives!
Go be the Church...sit down with someone until they can walk again!
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