Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
I read a story covered by ABC news about a baby that is a medical mystery because of the fact that she won’t grow. Atlanta Ruzman of the U.K. said her first clue that something was wrong with her pregnancy came at seven months, when she was barely showing a bump. Suraya Brown entered the world at just over two-and-a-half pounds. That was 14 months ago. But today, doctors in England are baffled by the case of Baby Suraya who, it seems, has refused to grow. Even now, her daughter is barely above the weight of an average newborn at 7 pounds, 7 ounces. This is only two ounces heavier than the birth weight of her older sister, Akilah, who was born about a year prior to Suraya.
As a read this story I have this thought “WHO CARES”……… Now that I have your attention….
Truth is, OF COURSE I’m concerned. I’m not brash or indifferent to the obvious tragedy outlined in this story. It’s an obvious tragedy because babies are supposed to grow. Healthy things grow. At the first sign that growth isn’t happening the normal, natural thing for any loving parent to do is to stop everything and investigate why. The question that comes to mind is this. Why is someone a jerk for acting indifferent to the retardation of natural growth of a child but its ok to not even flinch when fellow Christ followers around them haven’t grown ONE BIT in years? We need to have a high level of vigilance to ensure that we and those around us are growing. Why? Because the Bible commands it and to settle for anything less than your best is to squander your God given potential. Hebrews 10:24 says, “motivate” or “provoke” which come from the greek word to “incite” or “irritation”. Its more than suggesting or nudging its getting fully engaged in the helping those around us be their best.