In today’s world with social media and the internet, it is easy to show people what we want them to see. This can make it hard to tell others how we truly feel. And with word being able to travel lightning fast through texts or DMs, everyone can know about something in minutes. With all this, we might find it very difficult to trust people. You might have heard in church that we should be open with each other about our struggles, to encourage and pray for one another, but even among Christians it is easier said than done. Establishing a close group of believers and engaging in fellowship is a good way to help ourselves and people we care about.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.11 Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” We cannot accomplish everything on our own, and when we need help we ask our friends. Likewise, when our friends need assistance we do what we can to help them. In the same way, we as Christians cannot do everything on our own and we need to turn to other believers when we need help. We are human, we get tempted and we sin. It may be difficult to tell a lot of people, but a close group to keep each other accountable goes a long way in resisting the adversary. Sometimes we need encouragement with all that goes on in the world. Having someone who you know will be there for you is a big comfort. As fellow believers help you, you’ll help them too. We encounter the same or similar trials in life, going through them with someone else makes the process much easier.
It’s good to have a few other Christians who are close so you can help each other, and meeting regularly is key. I go to breakfast every Saturday with a couple friends. We talk about our week and have normal conversations, but we also share prayer requests, give each other advice, and keep one another focused on God and living for Him. It’s good to fellowship outside of church, where it can be easy to lose a step in our personal walk. Other people will also see the interactions we have with each other, and it could lead to things we didn’t think of. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says that “12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” We, as the body of Christ, live for Him. We should do so with fellow believers.
William Pledger (16) is a junior at TPS and is on staff at TPS Chapel