I’ve often wondered if the woman in the pew in front of me turns her hearing aid down when she sees me coming.
But when led by a talented choir, I do okay. They give me something to emulate, a rhythm to match, and inspire boldness so I can belt out the tune. And sometimes they even cover my mistakes.
This is what church fellowship and spiritual friendships are intended to do for believers. They model Christian living for us and give us a standard to emulate. They model the rhythms of a spiritually healthy life. They bolster our faith so we can boldly step into all God has called us to be. And, when necessary, they lovingly point out my sins, so I can cover them in the blood of Christ.
Some people who profess faith in Christ believe attending corporate worship or fellowship with a church body is unnecessary. But God never intended for us to do life or faith alone.
The author of Hebrews puts it this way, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another and so much more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Believers working together inspire each other.
Without the choir, we’re all just singing a solo, and I can scarcely imagine anything more terrifying.
Have you forsaken this good habit? How can you return to fellowship with the body of believers?
Thank you for creating us to be in fellowship with other believers. Help me to make my church a safe place where we can all encourage and inspire one another. Inspire me to become deeply invested in the church you have me attending. Amen.
Author: Liz Giertz