Does encouragement seem to you a good, but small, thing?
To me, it’s huge. I want to explain why I think this way, and I’d like to persuade you to join me. I have never met anyone suffering from too much encouragement in Christ. Have you?
I think about the ministry of encouragement a lot, but not as much as I should.
Encouragement is one of the most important ministries in the church of the New Testament. Our biblical authenticity is at stake here — whether we are overflowingly encouraging to one another.
Encouragement is what the gospel feels like as it moves from one believer to another. The ministry of encouragement, therefore, isn’t optional or just for people with a knack for it. Real encouragement has authority over us all. It deserves nothing less than to set the predominant tone of our churches, our homes, our ministries. So, let’s think it through. And then, let’s get after it.