I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Continuing in our series on spiritual growth, today’s focus is about mentoring and fellowship.
We aren’t meant to do life alone. From the very beginning, God designed us for company. He didn’t leave Adam alone; He created Eve. Community is critical to your spiritual growth. I can easily overlook or intentionally ignore something but thanks to a great group of spiritual friends, I am kept on track. When I am discouraged or heartbroken, my friends lift me up in prayer.
This year has been the toughest one to date and without the fellowship of my church and close friends, it would have been so much worse. People avoid church because they’ve been hurt by the church or they think it’s full of hypocrites.
The church is filled with imperfect people – I fit right in and so do you. The important thing is to find a church community that will best help you to grow. There is no such thing as a perfect church – at least not here on earth. Find one that is based on biblical truth and makes you feel welcome. Find a place where there are opportunities to serve.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7
We need each other. Watching a sermon online is good but not if that’s your church replacement. There’s more than just the fellowship aspect, there’s mentoring. Fellowship provides you with an opportunity to be mentored by someone who is further ahead in their spiritual journey AND it provides you to mentor someone who is behind you in their spiritual journey. Remember that age doesn’t equal spiritual maturity.
Paul is a great example of the mentoring cycle. When Paul first became a believer, he had his friend Barnabas there to guide him and help him. As Paul grew in faith, he began to mentor Timothy. Timothy also mentored others and Paul advised him: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t do life alone. Get involved in a life group at church. Surround yourself with friends who can provide you with the spiritual support you need. Life is tough – people make it easier. Comment below and let us know how you make sure you have fellowship ❤