They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. (NLT)
The early church met together a lot. They met at the temple every day. They met in homes. They shared meals together. Didn’t they have jobs? We know that they didn’t have cable TV or the internet. It seems like a lot of meetings. These weren’t formal meetings. They just hung out together. They did life together.
Look at the results of their getting together. They experienced great joy and generosity. They had “favor” with all of the people, and their fellowship grew every day.
Some of the most dynamic times of my life have been spent in close contact with other believers (outside of my office hours). There is something special about being with the people of God. What’s common between us resonates deep in our souls. It’s Christ Himself.
We have an enemy who wants to divide us up, cause us to doubt our faith, and heap condemnation on us. Jesus stated the devil’s job description: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” John 10:10 (NIV) and “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV). Being up against a challenger like that, we need our brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage and support us often.
What other believers do you regularly spend time with? You may not get together every day. Do you talk with them weekly? Monthly? If you don’t have other believers in your life, connect with a small group or invite someone to be your prayer partner. Who just came to mind? Ask them today.
Copyright © 2009 by Allen White
All Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation. Copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.