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We live in a selfie culture. People snap pictures or record video of themselves. Some use long selfie sticks to hold their phone. We post reports of our activities on social media. We even post pictures of delicious food we eat. But following Jesus is not about self. Christianity is not a selfie culture. Have you noticed Jesus never told us to love ourselves or encourage ourselves? Rather, we’re told to die to self, love others and encourage one other.
In fact, encouragement thrives in groups of people. Most can’t encourage themselves. We need to be like the players on a terrific sports team. They’re not simply talented people who play together. They are a community, a family, teammates who encourage each other. They cheer when a teammate scores. They also support the teammate who misses the shot, saying things like, “it’s alright, you’ll get it next time” or “hang in there.”
The fact encouragement thrives in a group is why we must meet with other believers in worship and small groups. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NIV)
If you’re not gathering with other Christians on a regular and frequent basis, you’re missing out. You can encourage them and they will encourage you. Christianity is a “one another” culture.
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