Five Good Questions to Keep You on Track
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:23-25)
You can't do life alone. If you are trying to do life alone, you're probably tired, frustrated and lonely. I know I was for 20 years before I started opening up and reaching out to others who put their hope in Jesus. It's fun and challenging to consistently meet with people to get encouraged and to encourage them. I'm here to tell you that it works! Yes, it sometimes hurts, but if we truly want to hold unswervingly to the life God has called us to, we must value the "spur" and make it a habit to meet with others.
Spurring. Maybe your first thought is cowboys and horses, but that's not what the writer of Hebrews is referring to. He is referring to the willingness to have tough conversations with your close friends. The willingness to get close enough to a group of people to open up your life and decisions so they can help you stay on course.
So, who's your spurring partner? Who do you consistently meet with and talk about the real messy stuff in your life, the stuff that matters? Who can read you as soon as you walk into a room? Who knows what you're mad about and what gets you excited? If you're a man, what other man can you be completely vulnerable & transparent with? If you're a woman, what other woman can you be completely vulnerable & transparent with?
Who do you need to call right now? Maybe a group of people that consistently meets together in a house, dorm, restaurant or coffee shop is more your thing. Whoever it is, give them permission to spur you. Here are five questions you could hand your friend. Give these to someone and allow them to get in your business.
What have you spent your money on this week? Where do you need to re-budget?
Is there anyone in your life right now that you are having an inappropriate relationship with, whether it be in-person, over text messages, on Twitter, through Facebook, etc.?
When is the last time you took a day off from work? Have you felt more drained or energized this week? How do you need to adjust your schedule?
How's your health, both physical and spiritual? How many hours have you dedicated to exercise this week? What have you learned from your Bible?
Is there anything you need to confess that you know you shouldn't have done this week?
Get started today. Others willing to spur us prepares us to be more like Jesus. Spurring can sometimes hurt, but is necessary. Spurring pushes us towards love and good deeds and away from selfishness and evil deeds.
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