He must hold firmly to the trustworthy Message as It has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.
The lost and the downtrodden need to see the living hope of God inside of us. They need a helping hand to lift them up. As the body of Christ, those hands are ours.
'When people are brought low... Lift them up! He will save the downcast' (Job 22:29).
Are you in school? Look out for the new kids: the lonely, awkward, or forgotten kids. Don't think twice about the popular kids, since God's not into popularity.
Are you in the hard-pressed corporate world? It's tempting to grab for a promotion, taking credit rather than giving it, but God IS into humility.
What about church? His love's embodiment! Do you make it a habit to welcome the people standing or sitting alone? Even with a dinner invitation?
Too often, I've ignored lonely people. I thank God for His no-fail forgiveness- and giving me new opportunities.
As we lift others, God will lift us, too. But we need to start lifting today! Even if Jesus guarantees our place, how many can we help along the way? Our entire purpose in this passing world is to love God first and neighbors second.
Let's grow our faith to its best conclusion: faith that uplifts.
## Faith: Uplifting
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Faith series.