“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4 NKJV
In addition to salvation and a supernaturally natural life, In Christ we have been adopted into God’s family. This means that we have millions of brothers and sisters all over the world starting with those in our local church.
Whatever we were missing in the world, we have gained much more in Christ.
For everyone that has lost father or mother or brother or sister, he receives a hundred fold in Christ. (Mark 10:29-31)
In the Books of Acts, we read accounts of how the early church operated. They ate together, prayed together and worshipped together, taking care that the need of every one was met. (Acts 2:42-47)
The church prayed together and for one another. If you search the Epistles, you will find many instances where Paul wrote ‘making mention of you in my prayers’ (Ephesians 1:16, Philemon 1:4, 1 Thes 1:2, Romans 1:9, Phil 1:4).
Also, he often passed greetings and messages between the churches, letting them know that their brothers and sisters in Christ were greeting them and praying for them. (Col 4:12 , 2 Cor 4:13, 1 Cor 16:19- 20)
As members of one family, we are called to watch out for each other, encourage and pray for one another. We do so out of love and care.
Let’s take a look at some verses that speak about our family relationship and the need for it:
“…comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV
“This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.”
Hebrews 10:25 TPT
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour. For if one falls down, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to help him up!”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV
In the light of the above texts, a believer should never feel or be left alone. We must be present for each other.
Like Paul wrote in Philippians 2:2, “I’m asking you, my friends that you be joined together in perfect unity with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy” (TPT).
Having learnt all these, from time to time, endeavour to reach out to your brother or sister in Christ and tell them these words: I’m here for you.