For the next several weeks we will be embarking on a journey to discover how we can make love our ultimate goal in life. Join us as we jump into a devotional written by Rick Warren titled, “40 Days of Love – A 28 Day Devotional” provided by YouVersion.
If You Want to Grow, You Need Other Believers
A church family helps you develop spiritual muscle. You will never grow to maturity just by attending worship services and being a passive spectator. Only participation in the full life of a local church builds spiritual muscle.
The Bible says, “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” (Ephesians 4:16b NLT, second edition).
The phrase “one another” or “each other” is used more than 50 times in the New Testament. We are commanded to love each other, pray for each other, encourage each other, admonish each other, greet each other, serve each other, teach each other, accept each other, honor each other, bear each other’s burdens, forgive each other, submit to each other, be devoted to each other, and many other mutual tasks. This is biblical membership!
These are your “family responsibilities” that God expects you to fulfill through a local fellowship. Who are you doing these with?
It may seem easier to be holy when no one else is around, but that is a false, untested holiness. Isolation breeds deceitfulness; it is easy to fool ourselves into thinking we are mature if there is no one to challenge us.
Real spiritual maturity shows up in relationships.
We need more than the Bible in order to grow; we need other believers. We grow faster and stronger by learning from each other and being accountable to each other. When others share what God is teaching them, you learn and grow, too.
This devotional © 2015 by Rick Warren.