Today at my workplace we arranged for a busload of people to go snowshoeing at the local ski resort. There were people young and old, and it was really fun. For many, like my husband, it was their very first time strapping on snowshoes and exploring the winter wonderland. It was very special to share this experience with so many awesome people from the community.
As Christians, we need to make sure we have a sense of community. It is wonderful to sing worship and praise and to learn more about God with other believers on Sunday morning. It is important to go deeper too and have koinonia. This is a Greek word that means to have communion by intimate participation. It is fellowship. Bible study groups are a wonderful way to not only delve into God’s Word, but to break bread and eat together, share in one another’s struggles and joys, pray for one another’s needs, and to hold each other accountable for decisions we must make. We should never go through life alone. God made Eve for Adam, and God wants His body of believers to spend time together, helping each other and helping others in need.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
Do you have an intimate group of other Christians you meet with on a regular basis? If not, you are surely missing out on all of the blessings that come with this kind of fellowship. When you join a group, you find out that there are no perfect Christians! Everyone has trials and tribulations in this life. It is nice to know that other people who love the Lord have character flaws too. You may find one or two friends in your group you connect with and form a tight bond and close friendship. You may be simply amazed at the spiritual gifts others have been blessed with and how they exercise them. Together, everyone’s gifts can make you a powerful team for Christ! Some groups that meet even make it a point to help out a particular people in need. Maybe they decide to bring meals to people going through a hard time, visit the elderly in a rest home, help out with Sunday School, sing songs and play music at an event, or anything else the Lord puts on the hearts of those in the group. You will be astounded at how much God can do in you, through you, and around you when you commit to spending time together!
Pray this Prayer: “Dear God, thank you that you have made traveling companions for me as I continue on my spiritual journey. Help me to have communion and fellowship with other believers you have placed in my life. I am grateful I must never endure the hardships in this world alone. Show me who you want me to get close to and remain close to as a child of God. Show us together how we can make a difference in this world and bring glory to your name. Amen.”