There is a phrase that captures my attention in Acts 14:22. The phrase is “strengthening the souls of the disciples.” I keep a list of Bible verses in the back of my preaching Bible. I consider this list a list of my job as a preacher. I’m adding to that list today with Acts 14:22. This is what we are supposed to do as preachers, teachers, or just encouragers in the body of Christ. We are to strengthen the souls of the disciples.
I’m afraid that too often we don’t do much to encourage or strengthen. If you are in a place of leadership, think about what you can do this week to strengthen someone’s soul.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.