Hebrews 10:24 - "Spur one another on toward love and good deeds."


All of us wield some degree of it. People are watching us; some are following our example.

This One Another is particularly intriguing because it provides for the perpetuation of the other One Anothers. Notice that there are two directives in this verse:

Spur one another on to love and good deeds. I am not only responsible for doing the One Anothers, but I am also responsible for encouraging others to do them. 

Consider how. I need to think about, strategize, meditate on, and plan how to do the first directive.

A Mandate For Parents
Every parent should accept the responsibility of training their children to know and do the One Anothers. Imagine how healthy a child would be – mentally, emotionally, spiritually and relationally – if parents adopted this goal: “Before my child leaves home, I want her to know how to minister all thirty-six One Anothers and be motivated by gratitude to give them to others because she has received them abundantly from her parents.” Hebrews 10:24 gives parents a clear strategy for childhood development.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go.” Notice the positive, proactive approach. It doesn’t say, “Discipline a child when he deviates from the way in which he should go” but rather “instruct him in the way he should go.”

A Mandate for Spiritual Leaders
Although Hebrews 10:24 is a directive to all believers, it particularly applies to spiritual leaders. The apostle Paul taught that there are several types of ministers given to the church, but they all have the same function: “He gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:11-12).

In the early years of my ministry, I did not understand what my “job” was but now I realize that my primary responsibility is to “prepare God’s people for works of service.” One way to do that is to equip them to minister the One Anothers. 

Written by Don McMinn, Ph.D. (noreply@blogger.com) — March 11, 2013

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