1 John 4:21
New International Version (NIV)
21 And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
I know that I would not be here writing this blog post had it not been for faithful and devoted followers of Christ who poured themselves into my life. I owe a lot to the time that those key individuals spent teaching, mentoring, and taking a chance on me because they saw my potential.
How many opportunities for great people to rise up do we miss because we don’t take the time to invest in their walk with God. Christianity is a community of believers, and it is impossible to be lived out in solidarity because God is communal by nature. He has called us to gather, teach, encourage, empower, and love. It is our responsibility, as believers, to respond.
My encouragement for you is to think about specific ways that you can invest in the lives of others. How can you begin building up the youth in your congregation? How can you begin encouraging your high school students? How can you engage your college students and young adults? How can you partner with all generations?
The seasoned have great wisdom to share with the novices and the novices have great energy and enthusiasm to share with the seasoned. When the church disciples(teaches, loves, gives, sacrifices, encourages, empowers, and challenges) one another it builds strong foundations of faith.
How will you impact someone this week?
What specific ways can you build into a member of your congregation today?