Are You a Good Spiritual Spotter?

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.”


4 thoughts on “Are You a Good Spiritual Spotter?

  1. very awesome, reminds of the more reason why God created me, to help, love and encourage.. it’s not always about ourselves but reaching out to people that are rather CARELESS…..

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