4 Weeks Of Foundation • Day 23
Published on 25 August 2020
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As stated in the great Disney classic High School Musical, "We're all in this togetherrrrrrr". We, as believers and part of the church, have an incredible opportunity to help each other grow in God. A great proverb says that, "Iron sharpens iron," which means that when people come together with the same heart, vision, and purpose, we're able to encourage one another and grow (or get sharper!) But when we are isolated & cut off from people, it becomes much harder to stay motivated and grow in the things of God. We become more dull or blunt spiritually. When I go to the gym alone, I do okay, but when there's a friend who is helping to spot me, telling me, "You can do one more," and keeping me accountable in my commitment, it just makes it so much easier! And I do so much better! It's the same way in our walk with God! Church isn't just a building where we go on Sundays, it's a family. A family that we now belong to and a family that will help us grow. Whether you realise it or not, God has put amazing people around you whom He wants to use to sharpen you and draw the best out of you. And He wants to use you to do the same for others too! We NEED God in our lives, but we also 100% NEED others! That's why choosing who you sepnd most of your time with is so important in this journey of faith.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
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