“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Colossians 3:16 ESV
Yesterday, we learnt that corporate prayers are for the believer’s growth and preservation. Today, we will explore other benefits of our bond as a family.
It is common knowledge that we are directly or indirectly influenced by our environment. As humans, our lifestyle is mostly influenced by the environment we find ourselves in.
When we constantly see or perceive an behaviour/act/occurrence, our mind is influenced by it and before we know it, we begin to act/behave/think the same way. This also applies to spiritual matters, of which prayer is one of them (2 Corinthians 3:18).
In this light, the Bible instructs us to keep good associations so our lives may be influenced in a godly manner.
See how the Bible puts it:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…” – Hebrews 10:24 ESV
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 ESV
Similarly, in 1 Samuel 10:10-12, Saul found himself among prophets and he prophesied for the first time. We also read of Peter in Matthew 14:29 who was able to achieve the feat of walking on water because he saw Jesus do it.
All this is to say that believers should always provoke and challenge one another in spiritual edification.
Just as Paul aptly puts it, “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” – 1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV
In the same vein, fellowshipping with believers keeps us accountable. Not only do they help us maintain spiritual fervor, they also keep us in check. ( Galatians 6:1)
The church family helps us to behold, to become, and to beware. When we stay in proximity to the things we’d like to see in our spiritual life, we gradually become our heart’s desire.
SAY THIS: I am blessed with a wonderful church family. By the spirit of God, we spur one another unto good works. Together, we grow, and we do exploits for God.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 12:13-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Psalms 147, 2 Chronicles 25-27.