This is not what you expected me to say, is it? In a world that pushes the “be yourself” and “you are great just the way you are” movement, this may sound like a shocker to you. Well, stay with me here…there is a deep meaning behind these two words…
When someone you know stumbles in their walk of life.
Encourage them to overcome that obstacle in their path.
Don’t push them down in an accusing tone. Help them. Encourage to be more, as you, yourself become more than the normal responses of everyday people in everyday life.
When someone has great accomplishments in life, be more than the everyday human/fleshly/jealous response.
Don’t search for their flaws and try to bring them down by bringing attention to their imperfections. Be more. Be happy for them. Congratulate them.
When someone has a different personality than you. Love them, quirks and all, for we as the body of Christ, have been uniquely made.
Body of Christ.
A body is composed of different parts that have their own purpose. A hand cannot expect the foot to do exactly as it does, but it has a purpose in the body. Same way, everyone in the body of Christ has a different purpose but the same goal. This goal is to follow God and serve him in the unique way that He made them…that He made you.
Ask God what part of the body your brother or sister in Christ is and how you can encourage them to be who God intended them to be…NOT how God intended YOU to be (*remember the hand and the foot*).
Here are some verses to remember in your “be more” movement (the mission, should you choose to accept it):
- “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB
- “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV
- “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
- “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NIV
- “The soothing tongue is a tree of life…” Proverbs 15:4 NIV
- “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NASB
- “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 NASB
*This message will NOT self-destruct in 10 seconds* 😉