One of the things COVID-19 has made me appreciate—even more than before—is the importance that other people play in our faith.
I miss having our church family all together at the same time. When we would go to a worship service, we would primarily worship God, of course. But we would also talk, encourage one other, and pray together. We would laugh, keep each other accountable, have some snacks, show interest in each other’s lives, and celebrate accomplishments.
That’s harder to do these days. But not impossible.
As autumn settles in, look for opportunities to connect with others Christians. Hopefully it’s a small group or Bible study online. Maybe it’s a regular walk with a wise and faithful friend. Whatever you choose to do, be proactive, and don’t underestimate the powerful and positive role other people play in your faith.
Maybe it’s something they say. Or maybe it’s just their example. Or perhaps they’re simply a reminder that we’re not on the path alone.
Paul wrote to encourage Christians whom he considered children of light. Since there was so much darkness around them they needed to be intentional about nurturing one another: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
No one knows everything. But everyone knows something. So together, we nurture knowledge in the common-unity of faith.
Look for opportunities to connect with others Christians.
By Matthew Ruttan
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.