Friday, October 17, 2008

Exhort One Another Daily

One of the (many) enjoyments of motherhood is to see your children working together, helping one another, and especially encouraging one another in their daily lives.

In my reading of Hebrews today, a verse in particular jumped out at me:

"but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:13).

Christ is exhorting us to encourage one another in the day in and the day out. How many have you encouraged today? Of course, we can encourage people who cross our path each day: a neighbor, the lady behind us in the check-out line, even the cashier. What about the soccer coach or the piano teacher? We can encourage others through phone calls, emails, and even the almost forgotten stationery! :-)

But let's look at the purpose of this exhortation according to Hebrews 3:13. The purpose is to help us remain faithful lest we be "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Sin is deceitful! It makes promises, but it never delivers. I believe if we considered the severity of sin and its deception, we would take more seriously this exhortation to continue in mutual encouragement for and from other believers.

What about in your home? How can you encourage one another "while it is called 'Today?'" How does your husband need encouraging? How can you help him not "be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin?" You are not his Holy Spirit or his mama, but you are his helpmeet. How can you help encourage him and help him not fall into the lies of sin?

How do your children need encouraging? You are not their helpmeet! ;-) It is your responsibility (and Daddy's) to train them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If adults can be deceived by sin, then imagine the prey of children! Paul points out the vulnerability of children as he warns the church at Ephesus not to be like them:

"that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting" (Ephesians 4:14).

Children can be tossed to and fro with "every wind of doctrine." Understanding this, we should protect them from the deceitfulness of sin by exhorting (teaching) them daily lest they too be "hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."

How can we do any less?

And, finally, let us turn the questions to ourselves and examine our own hearts. Do you consider yourself potential prey to the power and temptation of sin? Or do you consider yourself beyond the danger of the deceitfulness of this dangerous taskmaster?

"Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12).

The Lord would not have included the exhortation in Hebrews 3:13 if He did know we are vulnerable to deception. Let us pray for exhortation, and when we receive it, respond to the Lord with an eager and joyful obedient heart.

In the Heart of our Home,

1 comment:

Mama Hen said...

Wonderful post Rebekah. Its amazing how the Word applies to every part of our daily lives, isn't it?

I had fun at the Missions Fair today and you did a great job organizing it. Can't wait to see you next week!