“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts..” (Acts 2:46).
The saying that no man is an island very much applies to all believers in Christ. For when Paul wrote, “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 certainly must have been occasioned after an incident. There were a number of believers who perhaps self content with their faith were shying away from regular meetings.
But the Christian faith cannot be lived in isolation. When we fellowship with others we are inspired in faith. For a tree to grow it needs to be watered; this is exactly what fellowship does with believers watering each other. “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13).
Meeting with believers on a regular basis also enables us to share prayer requests. Jesus said, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Mathew 18:20). Certainly God does listen to our prayers as individuals; but just as Moses had to rely on Aaron and Hur to lift up his hands in battle (Exodus 17), we are too all encouraged to co-opt others as we seek God’s favour.
Fellowship with others also serves a psychological and social need. At the height of Covid 19 due to lockdown mental health cases rose. It was largely because of isolation. Yet when Christians meet they share personal needs unlike isolated people who have it all bottled up. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. (Gal 6:2). No wonder none believers often eye at us with a secret envy.
So, have you fallen into that bad habit of skipping regular fellowship! Don’t allow the devil deceive you that you are too busy or whatever. For, you have no idea what you are missing! Pick up yourself and find a regular fellowship to get you going.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a joy to fellowship regularly with fellow believers in Christ, to hear their testimonies and share prayer needs in the great faith of walking with you, and this I thank you in Jesus’s name.