As September approaches, the leaves slowly start to turn vivid oranges, yellows, and reds, your acquaintances and friends you never had time to meet up with during the summer months ask you THAT question.
“So, how was your summer?” and you pause for a split second, and reply, “It was good! How was yours?” Your friend replies, “It was good!”
If you asked me how my summer was, there is a 99 percent probability I would tell you it was awesome, it was busy, it was fun, it was…good.
But should I be okay with a dismal, non-informative response? Should you be content with my generic replies that lack depth, godliness, or thankfulness?
The answer is, No.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”- Hebrews 10:24-25
It is our responsibility to guide and move our fellow brothers and sisters towards a vertical relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. This is all the more important as we wait in anticipation for the second coming of our Lord and Saviour. We must strive to encourage one another through fellowship and corporate prayer. It means asking those tough and often embarrassing questions like “what was the last portion of Scripture you read and what did God speak to you through it?”
It also means you and I need to be prepared to answer those tough questions when they come our way. We may blush, or stutter at giving an answer, but that’s what makes it a humbling experience. Guilt overcomes us when somebody else comes to know we are “casual” readers of the Bible, and our responses to those questions will give a key indication of whether or not we are willing to accept rebuking from a brother or sister in Christ.
If we start asking Christ-centered questions to one another, our relationships will catapult us to a new level of godliness. We may come to know a person is struggling with disappointment, and this may prompt us through the work of the Holy Spirit in us, to meet with them over a cup of coffee later in the week. Praying with them, consoling them, and perhaps even shedding a few tears with them. Our relationships will continue to swell up with acts of servant hood to one another. This is one of the many ways we can serve Christ, and strive to live a life that revolves around our Lord and Saviour.
So let us all creatively look for ways to encourage, stir, and spur one another in our walk with the Lord.
Young Adults/Youth Coordinator
Deepthy accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior when she was 16. She coordinates the Young Adult ministries at NLCC. Deepthy is married to her best friend Alok and lives in the GTA.