On And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as we see the day approaching.
As you study God’s Word from the book of Hebrews, discover the value of being involved in a Christian community. The writer of Hebrews tells us to consider how we may spur one another on living a fruitful Christian life. A significant part of that is meeting together, both in our times of celebration on Sundays as well as other times of sharing life together.
Consider asking the Lord for a Christian friend or friends whom you can trust as prayer partners. Prayer partners give us the support, caring, and love of other believers. Let your prayer partners encourage you, pray with you, and keep you accountable as you strive to discover and obey God’s will for you. As you recognize God’s instructions for you from spending time in His Word, share your joys, concerns, and challenges with your prayer partners.
Pray for each other daily. Study God’s Word together and learn how it applies to your lives. This kind of interaction is a vital part of our journey with the Holy Spirit. Having accountability partners who are willing to invest in your life will help you to discern God’s will. Christian friends spur you on when you are faced with life’s challenges and pick you up when you are discouraged: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help pick him up! But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
Are you willing to be vulnerable and become involved with a Christian community? Are you willing to submit your life to trusted friends and allow them to speak into your life? For some people, it will not be difficult to do that; for others, it will be a challenge. Our society today encourages independence, and we are becoming more and more isolated from one another. The Word teaches us to be in community, helping, encouraging, and discerning together the will of God.
I have isolated myself from other believers and recognize my need to be in Christian fellowship. Lead me, Lord, to the place of community to which You are calling me. Help me to find Christian friends to support me in my Christian life. Enable me to be a support to others as well in their journey of faith.
In Jesus’ name, Amen