Together is Better

The LORD God said, “It isn’t good for the man to live alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him.” Genesis 20 v 18

In Genesis, we read that the first time God saw something that was not good was when God looked at Adam on his own.

It is not good for man to be alone...and so God gave Adam a companion. Fellowship is important; it is the time and place where many of the Holy Habits are fulfilled.

One of the first things Jesus did in his ministry was to bring a small group of people around him for mutual support and spiritual development. Even at his death, Jesus made sure that his mother Mary would be cared for and not be alone. 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19 v 25-27

Often fellowship is a term used to describe a group of people coming together who have a common thread, interest or life experience to encourage each other and offer support and guidance as well as having fun and simply being with each other.

As a church we need to consider how we enable and encourage people to come together in separate age specific groups, in church together and as community and families. Are we enabling those with common threads to come alongside each other? When was the last time we devoted time in our services and church calendars to be with each other to simply talk and share our own stories? Often it is seen to be the time we spend together over coffee or at an organised church social; but I would encourage us to bring opportunities into our services and programs where the only task is to get to know each other.

Take some time to consider your own ‘times of fellowship’. Look at a normal week in your life.
Who are the people you spend time with and what is the quality of that time together?
Is it work, family, church? Consider your part in these groups, are you able to share and encourage as well as receive?
Are there areas that you would appreciate finding a group of people for a specific purpose?
What is the balance between time alone and time with others? Is it right for your needs?

It is not good for us to be alone. We need to be with others to build each other up, to share our faith and to be understood and cared for as well as to offer ourselves to others in this way.

Trinity God,
Thank you for those you have placed in my life. Help me to cherish the times I am with them and to do all I can to encourage and support them.
Amen.