Tuesday, July 14

Look after each other

Scripture: Isaiah 22-24, Hebrews 12

Hebrews 12:15  Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.

Observation

The author of Hebrews is writing to people who were suffering for their faith, and were discouraged and considering giving up.  The whole letter aims to convince them to stay strong.  

In this verse, the author reminds them that it’s a team effort, that we not only care about our own spiritual well-being but also those around us.  We are to “look after each other.”  The Greek word is episkopeo; we get the word “episcopal” from it.  It literally means “to look after, to oversee, to care for.”  Later, it became the word for a bishop who oversaw a number of pastors and churches.  It means that you accept responsibility for the care of another.  It answers the famous question of Genesis 4:8, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  The answer is YES!  Look after each other!

Application

Each of us should be looking after other people, specifically in regards to their spiritual well-being.  This is especially important in this season when our contact is so limited.  

Doing this is as simple as making a phone call and asking a few questions.

    • How are you doing?
    • What has the Holy Spirit been saying to you and what are you doing about it?
    • How can I help you?
    • How can I pray for you? 

Who are you looking after today?  The author’s goal was huge: that no one miss out on the grace of God!  If all of us made one phone call a day, the amount of care and help would be astounding! 

Prayer: Lord, help us to truly care for each other, to look after each other so that none of us fails to receive Your grace.