• Vanessa Clark

I Need You

One of the greatest resources in the world is your brother and sister in Christ. Who better to advise and encourage you on this journey of faith? After centuries of gathering with each other we’ve learned how to have “church” but we’ve forgotten about community. Before our habitual Sunday morning experiences, the saints of old use to GATHER and not just to hear a sermon for the week, but the bible tells us that they gathered to eat, speak, and encourage each other. What we call “church” the saints called the “celebration gathering” and today we can see the difference. When did we stop needing each other?

When new believers come to Christ, we equip them with three strong tools necessary for a life of faith: 1. Read the word of God. 2. Find a bible-based church and become a servant there. 3. Pray. It can get you through anything. It has proven to work until that babe in Christ returns to the environment that doesn’t support their new relationship with God. What then? If we believers only found the time to encourage each other within a two-hour service once a week, we’d all be in trouble. Our second command from Jesus, that completed all other 613 laws, was written, “The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:31) Yes, it’s hard, but He wouldn’t have said it if weren’t one of the most important things to do. The presence of God supersedes the 4 walls of church buildings so what we feel and experience in His house is what we can take with us to a new believer’s house.

The bible says, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25) It’s because isolation kills. When wolves hunt for sheep they wait for the one that will wander from the herd because it’s the easiest kill. When our brothers and sisters in Christ forsake, not just their church attendance, their communication with God’s family they are in danger of being devoured. Freedom in Christ promotes a vulnerability that says “I am hurting and I need help.” Bondage breeds pride that says, “No one will help me, but I don’t care, I can do it all on my own.” It’s so dangerous for us to forsake each other, we are better together because it’s always been in the mind of God for the institution of family, spiritual and physical, to be one and whole.

The celebration gathering in biblical times was so vital to the health of the saints. They needed each other and they knew it. It was a time to cry and expose the challenges of life, a time to a laugh, and a time to lift each other up knowing that when the celebration ended life would continue. Unity helps us to be accountable for our lifestyles, to confess our sins to each other, to be loved through our shortcomings. WE NEED EACH OTHER. We can spend our lives trying to fill an empty soul with a meal that lasts a few hours on Sunday, or we can spend it in perpetual harmony with our family of faith. No matter how we choose to do life, we cannot do life without each other. Please, choose wisely.

“Remember, life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want, but you only get to spend it once.” -Tony Evans

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