Christmas was good to me. It might have been a little too good. My mother-in-law has tremendous skills in the kitchen, and it is my duty to honor her work. I did my best to diminish the vast quantity of cookies, bars, caramel, and candy. Now it is time to return to reality and work some of this off at the gym.
As I entered the gym, I spotted one of my guys sitting at table in the corner. I say that he is one of my guys, because he faithfully attends at least three different Bible studies for men. There he sat with his Bible open. That is a beautiful sight to behold. I love to see men reading their Bibles, and this man makes my heart sing. He has learned to read his Bible every day, and he even memorizes Scripture regularly. It is a tremendous honor to see his faith grow stronger.
I would love to think I have had a positive impact in this man’s life, but I wonder if I have actually received more from him. Christianity is a team sport, and we all benefit when we learn to do life together. Each of us spurs the others on to pursue more intimacy with Jesus Christ.
King David lived victoriously when he had at least one other man to do life together. Jonathan was a good friend who encouraged and protected David. At other times, David was surrounded by his mighty men. David’s moral failure came when he was alone.
How about you? Do you have true fellowship with other Christians? I am talking about more than just a place to sit in a pew. Are you actually doing life together with other children of God? Develop relationships with people who love Jesus and who will love you too. Small groups can be a great way to grow. It is hard to be transparent and vulnerable in a large group setting. We benefit from doing life together with people we can “be real” with.
Some churches start small groups after the holidays. I encourage you to seek that out for yourself. Watching God’s people do life together and pursue maturity in Christ… now that is a sight to behold!
Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.