So often as Christians, I think we undervalue our own need to be around other believers. Yes, it is important to reach out to those who have different beliefs and values, but I think it is equally important for us to surround ourselves with other Christians, and live life together (and more than just an hour or two on a Sunday morning).

My wife and I joined a LifeGroup at our church and this has been life changing. We have been off for the summer, and I am really missing our weekly gatherings where we just live life together, talk about life’s challenges, and dive into God’s Word. We have gathered as a group a few times over the summer, but busy schedules have kept it to a minimum.

The truth is, we need to connect constantly in order to grow in our faith. Everywhere we turn today, we are surrounded by a constant barrage of negativity. It seems more and more, God is being removed from our daily lives, and our exposure to God and His Word is becoming less and less. It is up to us to seek out His Word. Otherwise, we may slowly succumb to a Godless society.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

As Christians, we need to be there for each other. A true friend is there for you, even when they would rather be somewhere else. I know several devout Christians who are constantly going out of their way to be there for others, but it’s often much easier for us to be there for other people, than it is to allow others to be there for us.

This is my struggle. I love every time I get the opportunity to be there for my family, friends or even acquaintances. It doesn’t matter if it is day or night, if they need me, they just need to give me a call…even if they just need someone to talk to. The problem is that I struggle to allow people to be there for me. I feel like I am being a burden to them, or that my problems are too small and that I should be able to figure them out myself.

The truth is, we ALL face challenges in life. We all know someone who is in the midst of a dark storm, who desperately needs to see God’s love more than ever…and what is a more blessed way than showing His love through us. When we take the focus off ourselves and serve others, we grow and often find answers to our own struggles. However, we must remember to not steal the blessings others receive when they want to be there for us. This is a slow process and cannot be formed by being together once a week on a Sunday morning. Instead, this trust, this bond is formed when we live life together.

“For where two or three gathering in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20

Mark Etting