Enough To Go Around

Ever had the chance to encourage someone who was going through really tough times and afterward feel the overwhelming presence of pride when you see the other person smile? It’s a great feeling. Friends do that for each other. When one is down, the other helps out. My wife and I are that way. We mesh very well. If one of us is going through something, the other is in the position to encourage and uplift. We are always there to lift each other out of the hole we somehow find ourselves in.

I have a missionary friend in the Philippines. He went to every island he could and simply walked into town and started witnessing. As he witnessed, he would gradually win more and more to the LORD and held bible studies. Eventually, as he reached 50 people, he would start a church. He would appoint a person pastor of the church who was called into the ministry and who had been in training for a number of years by the missionary. As soon as he felt the church (mainly leaders) were mature enough in the LORD, he would move to another island and start all over. Always, keeping in touch and requiring reports. Paul was this way. He started churches in the various places he went as well.

Regardless of the number of churches that were started, Paul still had a passion for the people. Writing letters to the pastors, deacons and other church leaders to encourage them in the ministry. However, it did not stop there. Paul also had compassion on the believers as well. He taught them how to be effective laymen in Christ. He let them know that there was no such thing as an effective ‘pew warmer’ James 1:22: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”. He let the leaders know that he was praying for them and that they were constantly on his mind. Also, he also asked the leaders and fellow church members to pray for him and that he desperately needed them for not just encouragement, but that the LORD would continue to give him boldness to preach the Word, even in the shadow of danger.

There’s enough encouragement to go around, so let’s keep passing it around.