Tonight, we had the privilege of rehearsing for Trevor Hodge’s upcoming live album on the 16th April. Trev and Tim have been friends since they wrote worship music together for St Pauls Castle Hill back in the 1990s… somewhere around the time when I was wearing lime green shirts and red lipstick, and dancing in the choir for the Hillsong Live albums. Trev is recording a new album of some great new songs… what an awesome gift God has made to the body of Christ!!
Anyways so I was photocopying some lyrics, and found a Bible study page left on a desk. I’m pretty nosy when I visit churches (not to the point I get saved to check their systems like my friend Chloe does, but I will check out a Bible study!!!). This study was called ‘Spur one Another On’, based around the scripture:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:23-25 (New International Version, ©2011)
Now someone in Kirk Place Presbyterian church, Kogarah had written this Bible study, and it asked some great questions. Questions like, “What do you find it easy to pray about?” and “What areas do you find it difficult to pray about?”
Anyways, so I suddenly had a photocopying light bulb moment – what if we could honestly spur each other on towards love and good deeds, not from a sense of the old school “accountability” tremble-in-your-boots-if-you-don’t, but more from a sense of encouraging one another past our own personal stumbling blocks and fears. This thought lit in the back of my head, and I made the decision to start a list of things that help me personally, in the thought that perhaps they might also help other people too!!
We did our rehearsal, and as we were packing away, Trev pulled out a letter he has been carrying in his wallet. I don’t know the song this person wrote anonymously to thank him for, but their words were something to the effect of “I got saved while I was singing those lyrics”. Pretty incredible thought. And then Trev said something that kind of turned ANOTHER light bulb on, and pretty soon I was staring at a pattern.
He said “you never know what your faithfulness with your gift can do. Maybe it could be (name forgotten but not important)’s letter that inspired Charles Wesley’s conversion, which in turn sparks Jonathon Edward’s ministry, which in turn has led to the vibrancy of many of the evangelical churches in Australia”.
And I think this pattern was written out in little mental lightbulbs “encouragement spurs one another on towards love and good deeds”. Which is MORE appropriate “all the more as we see the Day approaching”.
Be encouraged… your one little act of kindness may be enough. Enough to break a wall down, enough to change an attitude, enough to change a heart, enough to change the world.