Spurring One Another On

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Galatians 6:2

In our faith journey as Godseekers, it’s easy to think of spiritual growth as a solo expedition. However, the Bible paints a different picture—one where we walk alongside each other, offering a hand when the path gets steep or the load gets heavy. It’s like hiking with friends; the journey feels lighter. It’s this very image that Paul evokes when he instructs us to “carry each other’s burdens.”

What does it mean to spur each other on as Godseekers? It’s more than just cheering from the sidelines; it’s actively engaging in the lives of our fellow believers. It means noticing someone struggling and offering encouraging words, practical help, or even a listening ear. Imagine a friend coming alongside you during a tough time, not just offering a sympathetic nod but rolling up their sleeves to help you through it. This is the essence of living out our faith in real, tangible ways.

“Spur one another on” in Greek is paroxysms. Interestingly, paroxysmos is often associated with provocation or irritation, yet it is used positively to describe incitement towards love and good deeds. This word choice suggests a vigorous, energetic action—pushing one another towards excellence fervently and passionately. It is about stimulating each other not to complacency but to active and visible expressions of Christian love and service.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Through mutual forgiveness and bearing with one another, the body of Christ builds itself up in love.” This quote reinforces the idea that our interactions are not merely supportive but foundational to building a strong, loving community.

Consider this: every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. In light of this, how transformative could it be if we, as Godseekers, chose to be intentional about encouragement? We should not merely coexist with our brothers and sisters in faith but also be actively involved in fostering their spiritual growth as well as our own.

Interestingly, studies have shown that offering support to others provides emotional and physical benefits for both the giver and the receiver. This mutual benefit underscores the wisdom of God’s design for community. As Godseekers, we are not isolated wanderers but part of a vibrant tapestry woven together for strength, support, and mutual growth.

And here’s something to chew on: as we draw closer to the Day of Christ’s return, the need for mutual encouragement and support among Godseekers becomes even more crucial. It’s like the coach ramping up the encouragement as the finish line comes into view. We are reminded that our time is not just our own and that our actions and words have eternal implications.

So, as we consider our role in this divine relay, let’s ask ourselves: How can I help lighten someone’s load today? How can I spur another towards love and good works? It might be as simple as a text message, a helping hand, or a prayer.


Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of community among Godseekers. Help us to truly see one another, to carry each other’s burdens, and to spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Show us how to be Your hands and feet to those around us, reminding us that in helping others, we also grow closer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. Who in your life might need encouragement today? How can you, as a Godseeker, be a source of support for them?
  2. Think about a time when someone helped you carry a burden. How did that impact your relationship with God and with others?

Step of Faith

This week, make a conscious effort to reach out to someone in your community of Godseekers. Offer your time, an encouraging word, or any support. Keep track of these moments, reflect on how they change others’ lives, and enrich your spiritual journey as a Godseeker.

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