How do we grow more mature as followers of Jesus? Well, one way is through the help of other followers of Jesus. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God doesn’t say “Okay. Off you go. You’re on your own now!” No. He joins us together into the household of God. He gives us other believers to support us and help us grow. And yet, so many of us still choose to try and go it alone. However, we need brothers and sisters on the journey. Not just to make it through, but so that we grow up into Christ along the way.
The famous 19th Century evangelist D. L. Moody was visiting a prominent Chicago citizen when the idea of church membership and involvement came up. “I believe I can be just as good a Christian outside the church as I can be inside it,” the man said. Moody said nothing. Instead, he moved to the fireplace, blazing against the winter outside, removed one burning coal and placed it on the hearth. The two men sat together and watched the ember die out. “I see,” the other man said.
Do you ‘see’? Are you trying to make it alone? Or do you have the regular love and support of other believers? People who know you and know how your journey is going.
We’ll continue to explore how we Grow Together in our series in Ephesians this Sunday with more Biblical foundations from the Apostle Paul. If you missed last week, you can catch up here.