Anonymous - Sept. 14, 2016

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

One of the greatest gifts God has given us on earth is the ability to have relationships. Whether it be marriage, family, or friendships, relationships are one of the few things in this world that are truly important. The Lord uses these relationships to give us familiar examples of what our relationship with Him should look like, such as the bride and the groom as an example of Jesus and the church or a father and child as an example of God and His children.

Other than our relationship with the Lord, one type of relationship that is essential is with those in the family of God. When I first started attending Paradise Calvary Chapel, I have to admit that I didn’t like how small and close-knit the church was. I had always attended larger churches and tried to blend into the background as well as possible. I didn’t care to share prayer requests or get involved with children’s ministry. I was there to go to church and leave because you’re supposed to go to church, right? But I was missing a huge factor in why we gather together: fellowship.

I was not ready for the kind of accountability a small community offered, but it was exactly what I needed. By having a church family that constantly shows us the love of Christ, we can grow and be encouraged in our day to day lives. I know that without these earthly relationships, I would not be consistently walking with the Lord. I have received so much encouragement and support that I desperately needed and have been able to do the same for others. Fellowship within the church is certainly crucial to becoming and staying a strong believer. I know I have never seen so much love and encouragement as I have seen being a member of an involved church.

For anyone who is "forsaking the assembling" or who maybe isn't as involved as they could be, I encourage you to take the initiative to get involved. Whether it be children's ministry, the church softball team, or simply getting to know more people at church. Following the Lord can be difficult at times, but in unity, God's people stand a lot stronger.

Psalm 133:1 (NKJV) “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”