Recently, I started lifting weights with my friend. When my friend said that he will help me bench press with 45 pound plates on each side, I got excited! Today, I can confidently say, bench pressing with 45s on each side will probably be just a dream. I can barely do 25s on each side.
Anyways, my strong friend can do at least 35-45 on each side. As much as I want him to become stronger through bench pressing, I sometimes wished he’d just stick with the 20s. I feared that I would be unable to help him rack 125 pounds because after I was done with my set my arms were usually dead. The spotter’s job is to help the person bench pressing lift the weights when he/she can’t to finish the set and to safely rack the weights.
The same principle of spotting can be applied to faith matters too. Am I being a good spiritual spotter for my fellow brothers and sisters? Am I helping them grow in their faith by challenging them to go out of their comfort zone? Am I supporting them and encouraging them with the Word of God when they are weary and burdened by bearing their burdens and helping them move forward?
Or am I stunting their growth because I myself am not growing enough to keep spurring them on to new heights, spiritually? Am I discouraging them because I’m not passionately seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness?
Proverbs 27:17 says that as “[i]ron sharpens iron…one man sharpens another.” What if I’m that dull blade? I’d never be sharpening anyone. People would be sharpening me, but I won’t be helping anyone become sharper. I’ll be like the consumer, the spiritual baby in the body of Christ. The one who takes, but never contributes.
“Bearing one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) and “encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:25) are all biblical principles that God expects from us. Since it’s written in the Word, it must be carried out. I am without an excuse now. Well, there never was an excuse to disobey God’s Word….
I really like the NIV of Hebrews 10:24. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”