Community & Fellowship as a Christian – Serve Others
We have an abundance of support within our community along our journey as Christians. We should lean on each other in time of need that be there for those who need us.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
– Hebrews 10:24-25
The Christian walk is an exciting, yet often scary, experience. Once we have decided to follow Jesus, we are filled with a joy and peace like no other. We can enjoy this life more fully, because we know that a better one awaits. But throughout our lives, we will still continue to face trials and tribulation. There will be times when we doubt God, times when we stumble in our faith. Thankfully, we don’t have to do it alone. There is something called community, and we were made for it.
As Christian, we belong to one giant fellowship of believers all over the world – the Church. Because of Jesus, we are brothers and sisters with every single person who has ever accepted Him into their life. Now, obviously, not every Christian on earth is readily available to help you when you need it. But there are certainly people in your church, your community, or even your family, who would gladly show you the compassion of Christ in your time of need. Likewise, we are often given opportunities to reach down and help those who are hurting, as well. We know that we are all sinners, saved by grace. And so in our community, there should be no judgment, no condemnation, only love.
Furthermore, we are united in a common purpose: to glorify God and to reach lost souls for His Kingdom. Romans 12:5 says, “So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Believe it or not, we each have something unique to add to the Kingdom of God. And so when we all join together for one mission, incredible things can happen in His name. Because the truth is that following Jesus isn’t all about us – it’s about Him. Being saved may make us feel good inside, but as James 2:17 tells us, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Community allows us to build each other up in faith, encouraging one another to live for Christ every single day.
We may not always recognize it, but one of the greatest resources that God has given us is each other. While individual prayer and meditation on scripture is definitely helpful to our faith, there may come a time when we need to lean on someone else. God has given us people to help us celebrate the good times, to help us bear the bad ones, and to get us through the mundane. Regardless of the situation, to neglect this amazing resource would be a mistake. Just as Jesus confided in His disciples, so we can confide in our fellow Christians, without fear or shame.