“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV).
I love this scripture. It’s more than a positive thought. It’s a call to action!
Let’s look at some of the words used in other translations:
- The ASV version encourages us to “provoke” each other to love…
- The Message starts this passage with “So let’s do it…” and goes on to suggest, “Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love…”
- In the NLT version, we’re called to “motivate one another…”
This verse is not just a simple encouragement or affirmation. It’s a calling for us to DO something – something that has a ripple effect. It’s asking us to be the first domino that starts the chain reaction. It’s requesting serious thought about how to kick our horse into gear, and race it toward something good; something that gets others running too.
Toward love and good deeds
Isn’t that awesome? It’s a Biblical call to start the “Pay it Forward” chain. It’s a rally call for contagious love!!
This verse is asking us to take the lead; to be the ones who get things going. To be the ones who don’t sit back waiting for an invitation, but the ones who love boldly; who model it for others; who inspire others to follow suit.
This resonates loudly with me! Maybe it’s because I’m a leadership coach by profession. Maybe it’s because I’m prone to action (“Activator” is one of my top strengths, and a few close friends have even nicknamed me so.) Perhaps, it’s because my life has been positively impacted time and time again by others spurring me on. Or maybe it’s because I’ve experienced the gratification of helping to make a difference in someone else’s life.
But, truthfully, I don’t think any of this is unique to me. In fact, I know that God can use any one of us – anyone with a willing heart – to do the same and more. That’s the way He works. He uses the ordinary, and often, the much-less-than-extraordinary (and broken) to do His good works.
And, that’s why I’ve started this blog
Welcome, by the way!
I’m glad you’re here as I launch this space, because I can’t do it alone. I’m just here, hoping to be an instigator of love and good deeds; hoping to bring glory to God; and hoping to be an encouragement, motivator, or spur, even!
I hope you’ll visit often, or subscribe to make it easiest! And, I hope each time you join me here, you’ll be prompted – spurred, rather – toward love and good deeds. Not because I’m doing it, or because I’m asking anything of you, but because you have a willing heart, and because the Lord may give you a new thought, idea or motivation that gets triggered here.
Perhaps it will be as simple as a front-entry message (pictured above, from my own home). Perhaps you’ll be moved to rally your family, friends and neighbors to serve others less fortunate together. Maybe you’ll reach out to encourage someone or pray with them, because they’re feeling alone and defeated. Possibly, you’ll realize that you simply need to love and treat yourself better, because you, too, are a child of God, worthy of such goodness.
I don’t know where God will take us, but I know I want to go there. Wherever that is. Because God is love, and God is good. And the more we follow Him, the more we will know Him. And the more we know Him, the more we will experience His love and goodness.
What a beautiful cycle! We spur others on to love and good works, and we experience more of those same things ourselves. We give more; we receive more.
That’s the thing about love. It’s best in motion. Love is busy doing…and loving…and never giving up. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Personally, I think it loves a good spurring! It loves to expand and cover a multitude. (1 Peter 4:8)