There are myriad ways we, as followers of Christ, can tell others about heaven’s ultimate magnificence and give our whole selves to the service of the Lord. However, while we are able to devote our individual lives to God, we are more effective at spreading God’s light when we work together to inspire, teach, and encourage those around us in our holy task. Therefore, it is imperative that we guide each other on our heavenly paths through any obstacles we encounter, enlightening others to the glory of God along the way.
Here are 3 ways we can motivate each other to spread the word of the Lord:
- Inspire others to fill your shoes once you’re gone. One of the wonderful parts of being a mentor or role model is that you are able to shape and guide those who look up to you. However, this also means that they may grow to be dependent on you and will be lost once you transition into a new part of your life. Therefore, it is important to be sure that your disciples are inspired to fill the emptiness that is created when you leave. As we learn from Moses and his disciple Joshua, there needs to be someone else who will take up your mantle, spreading God’s light and doing His work. Whether you teach and guide your children, grandchildren, a friend, or a student, remember that: “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40 (ESV)
- Encourage others to not be intimidated when filling their teacher’s shoes. It can be overwhelming to finally have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of those that came before you. In fact, some may begin to believe that they will never measure up to their predecessors in any way. Because of this common thought, it is imperative that you voice your support for those taking up the mantle of their teacher. As Solomon and David teach us, although it may be frightening to continue a role model’s legacy, spreading the word of God in their place, students can become incredible teachers. It is up to those around them to cheer them on in their endeavors. So the next time you encounter someone attempting to fill another’s shoes, remind them of these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
- Remain a lone voice of reason, even when others don’t believe. There will be times when you see someone struggling to persist in their heavenly purpose because others around them refuse to acknowledge the path they were set on by God. In these instances, make sure you step up and let them know that you believe in them and in their work spreading the word of God. It’s important that they know they should keep moving forward with their God-given purpose. Jesus teaches us this same lesson in the gospel of Luke. While his brothers didn’t believe in his holy purpose, his mother, Mary, let him know of her support, and he was able to continue following God’s plan for him, ultimately absolving us all of our sins. Therefore, the next time you see someone struggling with their commitment to God’s word because of the disbelievers around them, tell them to: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 (ESV)
Today, turn your blues to blessings by helping God spread His glory.
“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:27-28 (ESV)
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