Walking with Believers
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 you see the Day approaching.
Man was not created to walk alone. God created each of us to walk with Him. He also designed us to walk with others. In Genesis 1 God declared all He created to be good. But then God identified something as not good. God said, It is not good for the man to be alone… (Genesis 2:18).
I recently gathered with a group of friends to celebrate the birthday of one who has experienced an extremely difficult year. I seldom see most of these friends, but it was as if we had never been apart. We talked and laughed for hours. Why? Our bond was formed upon that which is eternal—our relationship with Jesus. These friendships were developed in our early-married years at church or weekly Bible study.
Though we gathered to encourage our grieving friend, every one of us went away from that lunch encouraged. The laughter was medicine to our souls. (Proverbs 17:22) As one friend after the other testified of their struggles, their knowledge of the presence of Jesus, and the lessons they had learned, the faith of each of us was strengthened.
That time around the table was an example of one key purpose of the church—to encourage one another. When Hebrews 10:25 was written, some believers had ceased gathering with other believers. God inspired the writer to challenge His people to gather together for encouragement and edification. In this world we believers face trouble and persecution. (John15:18-20) We need the love and support of one another to remain strong until Jesus returns.
Have you developed the habit of attending church regularly? Are you purposely forming friendships with those who will encourage, support, and build up your faith? God designed us to walk our Christian journey arm in arm with other believers. So reach out, believer! Encourage others, and in turn, be encouraged!