Steven at “Biblically Speaking” has written a very good explanation of the term “stirring up” in Hebrews 10:24-25 in a post called “Let us consider how to stir… or provoke… one another“. He says:
I then got up and looked in my wife’s collegiate dictionary for the definition of stir.
This is what I found; disturb, rouse, foment, arouse, provoke, stimulate, goad, spur.
To be emotionally moved. To rouse from inactivity.
So with these definitions lets look at the scripture.
Let us consider how to “provoke or rouse one another from inactivity” to love and good works.
You see how powerful that word stir is?
We as Christians come together in order to stir, rouse, provoke each other. It is not a passive word.
Steven is right. “Stir” (or “provoke” depending on your translation) is not a passive word. It is a word of action – helping one another move towards a life of love and good works, regardless of what our life has been like before.
So… are you stirring up?