‘Lift’ Someone Each Day

21 Feb

“Made a wisecrack on an elevator the other day. It was funny on so many levels.” Elevator - Going Up?~ Rhonda Rhea

Rhonda said that on Faceback last week, and a FB Friend hopped on board with the following:

“HA! That just floors me!

(Rhonda responded, “Well, we all have our ups and downs.” )

Another said, “Thanks! I needed a lift.”

Another said, “I just can’t get over your ‘levity’ and wit.”

I (Dawn) added: “Thanks for elevating our lives!”

Hebrews 3:13 says, “Encourage one another daily.” Lift each other up! Wise encouragement is a good thing, and so necessary if we are going to grow in godliness.

The Amplified version adds the words “warn,” “admonish,” and “urge” to encouragement. The context of the verse is that it’s easy to be hardened into rebellion against God by the deceitfulness of sin, so we need to get involved in others’ lives to encourage holy living.

The Contemporary English Version says it this way: “You must encourage one another each day. And you must keep on while there is still a time that can be called ‘today.’ And if you don’t, then sin may fool some of you and make you stubborn.

God wants us to help others keep on their toes so sin doesn’t “slow down our reflexes” (The Message). Our reflex as children of God should be to move toward holiness and away from sin, but sin is tricky, the writer of Hebrews says, and if we’re not careful, our hearts will not stay soft toward God, His Word, or His ways. We will not heed His words to be holy, just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).

I’ve enjoyed the “encouragement” of friends who saw me treading dangerously close to spiritual hardness. They warned me to “put off” my subtle-though-stubborn rebellion against God and to “put on” true righteousness (Ephesians 4:22-32). They urged me with love toward a greater bent to holy living. They were “elevators” in my life.

As Rhonda said, “we all have our ups and downs,” and it is in those down times we need a lift. Perhaps before you can “elevate” others, you need some encouragement yourself, elevation to a higher level ~ the attitudes and actions that are found by dwelling in Christ (Philippians 2:5) and the Word of God (Colossians 3:16).

So how about it, Girlfriend? Going up?

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