A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Saturday morning men’s meeting following Drew’s Bible lesson on my new iPhone (sorry again to you personal device users I yelled at in church a while back). A phrase captured my attention and I drifted away from the speaker for a moment to discover that this phrase is repeated three times in the New Testament. Before I tuned back into Drew, I jotted down the three references for further consideration at a later date.
Here they are:
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. [Colossians 2:1-3]
Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts. [Colossians 4:7-8]
So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts. [Ephesians 6:21-22]
What each passage connects is communication and encouragement.
The issues to be communicated range from details about the Apostle’s struggles and concerns for those under his care to seemingly routine stuff of what he is doing and how he is. This does not seem to be intense, outrageously interesting or even necessary information, yet expectations were high. The more church leaders and church members communicated regarding what God was doing in their daily lives and struggles, the more encouraged everyone was.
Encouragement is an ongoing, regular, healthy and necessary component of our living the life of faith. Our hearts, the operational center of our faith, are like batteries that can be highly energized and productive but can only remain so if regularly and often recharged. The scriptures encourage us, the Holy Spirit encourages us, and prayer encourages us . . . but the truth is that we encourage each other in incredibly effective ways. Apparently, according to these verses, we recharge and reenergize each other by simply sharing our struggles, our activities and how we are doing.
Encouraged hearts are vital if we are to glorify God together as we lead people in growing relationships with Christ.
Thus, we humbly attempt to communicate and encourage by beginning this KSBC Elders' blog. We do desire and pray for your encouragement and ultimately that your hearts will be strongly connected with each other by the mutual experience of God’s great love in Christ Jesus. We grow stronger as we share with each other.
Please pray for Bill, Tom, Tim, Paul and me, not only as we enter the blogosphere, but as we keep watch over souls assigned to our care here at KSBC (Heb.13:17).