Faith of an Encourager
A faith that hopes. (Hebrews 6:9)
We can encourage others not just with our words and actions, but also by living our lives in a way that shows the people around us that we are hoping in Jesus, and trusting in him alone.
I know that for me, some of the most powerful moments of encouragement in my own faith haven’t just come from words someone has said to me, but by the way someone has lived their life hoping in God. I look at the way that friends like Hannie keep on trusting in Jesus, even when things are painful and hard, and I am encouraged in my own faith, because I see that living for God is worth it.
If we choose to recognise God’s goodness and sovereignty even in the most difficult chapters of our lives, we can encourage others to realise what this same promise means for their own lives.
Matthew 5:16 says this (MSG version):
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
It can be really, really hard to put Jesus first all the time – and we shouldn’t be discouraged when we inevitably fall short (that’s where grace kicks in!). But wouldn’t it be wonderful to try and live so clearly for Jesus that we end up encouraging others by the faith that we have, and pointing them to the hope we have.
Point to hope, bring light, and be an encourager!
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and now co-edits alongside Hannie. She is in her final year studying Music at Durham University, and while she will be sad to leave the beautiful little city, is looking forward to returning to her hometown Cambridge for a brand new chapter. She has big plans for More Precious in 2015!