What do you struggle with? Is it depression, loneliness, anxiety, discouragement, a loss of hope or purpose? Did you know that all these things and more are some of Satan’s favorite tools to keep us from reaching our potential in Christ? And, just as much as I’m reminding you of this, I’m also reminding myself.
I am someone who relies heavily on “at-a-boy’s and kudos” and when I don’t receive those, I get really discouraged and find it hard to keep doing what I’m doing. We read, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23 NLT) So, it’s something I struggle with and Satan knows it. I wholeheartedly want to do everything I do with excellence because I’m not doing it for me, but for God. But my flesh still wants that recognition, that someone sees I’m not a failure. Do you ever feel that way or struggle in the same way? Some may brush it aside and call it pride, but I think it goes beyond that. I think it’s my heart crying out for the encouragement that God says we all need.
My thought is this: if I need encouragement to keep going and doing things for God’s glory, then others probably do as well. And if I’m not receiving the encouragement I need, maybe they aren’t either? Do you take time to encouragement your fellow Christ followers? Not just in their quiet time or sharing the Gospel, but in the seemingly mundane everyday stuff. Do you encourage them to keep doing their work, no matter what it is, to the glory of God? And to not be discouraged when their boss or coworkers don’t acknowledge their hard work, but instead, keep going, knowing that God sees it all!
I know it’s extremely hard because that flesh keeps getting in the way and Satan loves to use these types of situations to discourage us. Remember, he’s going to use everything he can to make us ineffective for Christ. So, when our heart isn’t in the right place, we’re no longer shining our light for Christ.
Know that God sees your hard work, what you’re doing for His Kingdom and remember, He gets the final word. So, find your encouragement in Him and share that encouragement with those around you.
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Encouragement in the Middle of Increased Persecution on August 10th, 2019 - Watch Sermon