Encouragement is key. It is needed in all aspects of our lives. The people that you see or feel to be the strongest are often times the ones that need the most encouragement. Mainly because they have to appear to be strong and they must encourage others. People tend to lean on the strongest people to receive from them, but forget that they too need to be encouraged.
In 2 Chronicles31 we see a story of a nation that was once devoted to idolatry (worshiping false gods or putting things before God) and who had turned their backs on the one true God. Under the guidance of a new king, a new leader, Hezekiah, “all Israel that [was] present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all.” We have entered a point in our lives as a people and as a nation were our leadership is changing. More than that we need to utterly destroy those things in our lives that would take our attention away from God. Those things that we put before God such as work, that new episode you want to watch instead of seeking God, that man or woman that keeps you from a deeper relationship with Christ, the quest for money that becomes your God. Anything that pulls us away from God needs to be put in its proper place. God wants you and will not compete to be second place in your life. Why do I bring this up ? WE need to set our lives in order. It is hard to encourage others when your life is out of order or focused on the wrong things.
2 Chronicles 31:4 says “more over he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the Law of the Lord.” This month is Pastor Appreciation month. Pastors are constantly pouring out into our lives and the Word says shows us that by honoring God with the first fruits of our increase it encourages our Pastors, so they can focus on delivering what God has them to share. They serve us by studying and delivering God’s Word and we should encourage them by supporting them with our finances. Leaders need encouragement, you need encouragement. Who is encouraging you? IF you find yourself with people that are constantly draining you then you need to either cut them off or limit the amount of contact you have with them so that you may excel. Who are you encouraging?