Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)
Are you a taker or a giver? A consumer or a builder? Altogether too many believers choose a church based on what they get out of it. And while it is important that I be fed and encouraged as a part of a local body, there should be more to it than that.
Are other believers stronger and more secure in their faith because of you? Are you making a positive difference in the lives of others? This charge to encourage and build-up is not given just to pastors and teachers; it is given to all believers. Encourage one another and be a builder. Don’t be satisfied with being just a consumer. Invest in the lives of your fellow believers. After all, the health of the church is dependent on the working of each of its members, including you (Eph. 4:16).