Provoke One Another?
Daily Devotional for March 8th
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Hebrews 10:23-24
What do you mean provoke? When we think of the word provoke, we think of someone being pushed and pushed to a point where they lose their composure resulting in anger or wrath. We think of people who confess to to very violent acts but with the motive that someone made them, or provoked them to do it. While the world is provoking others to lust, greed, envy, strife; the list is endless, as Christians, we should be provoking each other to a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Can we not provoke our brothers and sisters to grow deeper in the Holy Spirit? Can’t we influence others to becoming more committed and consecrated disciples of Jesus Christ? We absolutely can and should. Apostle Paul instructs the Hebrew Christians to provoke unto love and to good works. Love is the most overwhelming fruit of every child of God. When circumstances arise which causes others to lose their patience or cool, we have the responsibility to provoke them back into the Holy Spirit’s way of operation.
The word provoke involves the idea of stimulating someone to a certain action. What influence do you have on your family, coworkers or congregation? When people are around you, do they leave you frustrated about the condition of the country, angry at the same person your angry with, or do they leave you with a greater desire to walk with the Lord and to fulfil God’s purpose in their lives? These are all examples of how our passions provoke people.
As Christians, we are instructed to provoke each other. Our brothers and sisters in Christ should walk away from us desiring more of God, a greater desire to witness to the lost, and hungrier than ever to grow in Christ. Is it possible that you are in need of provocation? Paul will continue on with this idea in the sense that we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. When we gather together, the testiimonies and songs of others will be used by God to lift you, elevate you and encourage you; provoke you to love.
For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 2 Corinthian 9:1-2