Hebrews 3:13 (NASB) 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today”, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
For the most part, we humans are social creatures. We like to be around other people. We like to feel wanted and needed. When we have a bad day it is nice when someone gives us a smile or encouraging word. And it is a blessing when we can do that for someone else.
Our dilemma begins when we choose the ‘wrong’ kind of people to surround ourselves with. I know and understand that we have to work and live in this world, but I also know that the Bible teaches us that we are a ‘peculiar people’ – ‘set apart’ for God. When we surround ourselves with people who do not know Jesus and these are the people we ‘hang’ out with; slowly, little by little, the deceitfulness of sin will creep into our lives. satan is sneaky and for the most part he doesn’t jump all over us at once. Little by little he ingratiates himself until finally we are off God’s path and we don’t really know how it happened.
That’s why TODAY, we have to encourage one another. TODAY we have to check ourselves for any hardening of our heart for the things of God. TODAY we have to seek the face of our God so that the deceitfulness of satan cannot creep into our lives. Always…TODAY. Because no one is guaranteed tomorrow.
My prayer is that God would use me to encourage someone else…that I continually seek after His heart so that my own doesn’t become cold or calloused in any way…that my life is a witness to those around me of the wonderful peace and joy found in my Savior. How about you?