When the Season Ramps Up Your Intensity

In football stadiums across the country, you can feel the intensity ramping up. The divisional rivalries are starting to unfold and fans and players ramp up their intensity and passion for these games. Michigan vs. Michigan State, Texas vs. OU, Cowboys vs. Packers–they’re all intense games because championships, divisional titles, and rankings are affected by these games.

In my world of fishing, this fresh cold front signals the coming of winter.  I LOVE this time of year because they start eating everything in sight.  They ramp up their consumption to prepare for the stagnant days of winter.  Deer are scraping trees, squirrels are hoarding acorns.  The season is ramping up the intensity of the wildlife world.

And this week as I read scripture for Sunday, I saw the same pattern in Hebrews 10:

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.

We need this encouragement even MORE the closer we draw to Jesus’ day of return.  Around the world, Jesus-followers are feeling the heat of pressure and persecution.  We’re feeling the cultural pressure today as never before in our own country.  The season of history requires that we ramp up the intensity of encouragement.  It’s “game time” in our history.  So friends, let’s suit up, work to spur one another on in the Jesus Life, living and loving just like Him!


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