“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (NIV)
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” (NLT)
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (ESV)
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (KJV)
I like the imagery conveyed by each of these different translations of Hebrews 10:24.
“Spurring” makes me think of kicking your horse into action. The motion that makes the horse and rider leap into action.
“Motivating” I see as the pleading with my child to make the right choice. (Please wear a dress shirt under your sweater vest….it looks better that way….all the cool 3 year olds wear something under their sweater vests…there’s a donut if you)
“Stir Up” is not allowing each other to get comfortable in this world by just getting by but possible doing things that upset the apple cart need keep each other aware of the need to love and for good works.
“Provoke” is the strong image of shoving someone towards something, or a blunt call to action to someones face. No room for arguments or excuses. Just do it.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the majority of our “spurring” or “motivatings” or “stir ups” or “provoking” at church were towards love and good works? Instead of towards my opinions or my views or…well anything that starts with “my”. Of course it would. That was the way it was intended to be. We should be pushing each other to good works from a heart of thankfulness for what Christ did for ME on the cross.
This is what our home church did for us a couple of weeks ago (yes, I’m a bit behind on my blogging). They spurred us on to love and good works. They voted to support our ministry in Chile, at a great cost to themselves, for 15% of our needs. It’s humbling and encouraging to be backed by our church family.
In addition to the church we have also received support from many individuals and families who are sacrificing to “provoke” us to love and good works. We are thankful for each and every one of you.
I can’t think of another word to describe it besides humbling and awesome that there are people supporting us from each of the churches we have been involved in over the years. We are at 37% of our support that we need! We serve an awesome God. Thank you!
We still have some challenges ahead of us before we leave in July but we are thankful to know that you are praying and that God is faithful.
Now what can you do to “spur” someone on to love and good works today?