Devotional For The Week Of 3/25/19- Don’t Forsake Community

(Acts 2:44-46- And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness) The early church was in constant fellowship. Fellowship is a friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests. They understood the importance of being around like-minded believers. It’s more than just going to church on Sunday and turning to your neighbor and saying “hey sister, hey brother”.

When you fellowship with other believers you get to know them on a personal level. As you get to know them you know their strengths and weaknesses and are able to hold them accountable and vice versa. Don’t live by society’s standard, it takes pride in keeping to themselves, not making new friends, being stuck up, etc. When people who live that way are going through something, they have no one to call because they’ve shut everyone out and think they can do life alone. You weren’t meant to do life alone. (James 5:6- Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results.) In order for someone to know what you’re going through you have to speak up. If you’re going through something, tell a fellow believer so they can give you godly counsel and pray for you. Transparency is vital, it doesn’t mean you have to tell everyone everything, but it’s important to confide in at least one person that you trust.

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10- Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble.) God didn’t intend for us to struggle silently. In Exodus 18, Moses’ father in law Jethro came to visit him. (Exodus 18:7-8- Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and greeted him warmly; they asked about each other’s health and then went into Moses’ tent to talk further. Moses related to his father-in-law all that had been happening and what the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians in order to deliver Israel, and all the problems there had been along the way, and how the Lord had delivered His people from all of them.) The next day Moses sat, as usual, to hear the people’s complaints against each other and Jethro saw how much time it was taking. He asked Moses why he was trying to do it all alone and gave him some wise advice. After Moses confided in Jethro and he saw how burdensome Moses’ task was, he didn’t just watch and do nothing, he encouraged him.

Don’t forsake community, it’s vital to have the right people in your life that give you godly counsel and care about your well-being.