You can be a homebuilder, bodybuilder, reputation builder, or a retirement-nest-egg builder. None of those things will last, but there is something that’s going to last for eternity, something you can put your efforts into now that will last forever.
You can be a people builder.
The Bible encourages us to do just that in Romans 15:2, where it says, “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (NIV).
How do you build your people? The key is kindness – giving people what they need, not what they deserve.
If you consider the way Jesus built people up, he did four things, and you can do these same four things as you encourage members of your congregation.
1. Give them a personal challenge.
Ephesians 4:1 says, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (NIV).
Paul is saying, don’t waste your life – make it count. Be all that God made you to be.
Challenge your members to live beyond themselves and to discover their strengths and abilities. God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing…Continue Reading