Footprints daily reflection: 8 April
Stir up one another.
Author: Stephen Trew
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
I love to worship. Times of worship help us to enter into the holy place, beyond the curtain and into the presence of God. This passage reminds us that it is through Christ that we can be forgiven and draw near to God. The words in the songs and hymns we sing, often words from scripture, fill us with hope and assurance as we worship.
But the words in verse 24 are a real challenge, ‘let us consider how to stir up one another’. Worshiping God is not an end in itself, it leads us towards action. To encourage and stir each other to act in the name of Christ to help the poor, the destitute, those who are hurt or alone.
“God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.” St. Augustine
Think about someone who might need a word of encouragement today. Is there a small act of Christ-like kindness you can do that means someone will say, ‘today was a good day, wait until you hear what happened…’.
In addition to showing love and good works we need to meet together. We are to worship together and we are also to take action together. Christian Aid campaigns are an easy way to start taking collective action.
It was through a Christian Aid campaign in 2013 that the Holy Spirit called me to take action on climate change. Typhoon Haiyan had devastated the Philippines and impacted the lives of many people like Lope and Eva, who made a living through fishing on the island of Tabugon. Taking action alongside other Christian Aid supporters has brought help to those who suffer and it has also opened doors to call for a real and effective reductions in emissions that cause climate change.
As we come before you in worship
Help us to consider how we may act in your name to help those in need
And how we may stir up one another to love and good works
Stephen Trew is a member of Magheralin Parish in Co. Armagh, a climate change activist and blogger on TheTrews.com. In 2018 he successfully campaigned for the Church of Ireland to withdraw its investments from fossil fuel companies. Stephen and his wife Eileen spent eight years as South American Mission Society Mission Partners in Paraguay.