Supporting the Burdens of Others Day 3: Supporting Fellow Believers
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, ESV)
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5, ESV)
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV)
Being plugged into a local church is vital to deepening our faith and our relationship with Christ, but also with other Christians who make up our local fellowship. If you simply attend church, showing up on a Sunday and leaving without really paying attention or interacting with others, you’re missing out. There have been times when I felt like I went just to check off a box, or maybe I didn’t feel great but went anyway, yet every single time, there was a verse or a song that spoke to my heart and there were believers there who made me smile. The Lord longs for us to lift each other up and love our fellow believers, and I pray that we intentionally seek to do just that.
We read in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 that we are to “build one another up.” We can do this by supporting believers when they’re going through a difficult season. It’s so important that we have those intentional conversations so we know what’s going on in the lives of our church family. If we only have surface-level conversations with people, we won’t actually know what’s going on in their lives and miss the fact that they are going through a very difficult time. Even if you’re not a social butterfly, simply making a point to check in on someone from your church throughout the week would mean so much to them.
As we support fellow believers, it’s important to remember that we are “one body in Christ” (Rom. 12:5). When it comes to our own body, we typically take care of it (or at least give our best effort). If we have a fever, we may take medicine or go to the doctor. If we have a headache, we may take pain medication and rest for a while. If we have something more serious going on that’s causing us pain, we might go see a doctor or a specialist. We try to do everything we can to fix the issue if something is wrong with our body so we can be healthy again. It should be the same when it comes to the way we treat believers in our church family. No particular person is more or less important in the body of Christ. If one part of the body—a believer—is struggling, we all need to pitch in together and support that Christian in whatever way they need. If we don’t step in, the body of Christ is injured as a result and can’t function in the way the Lord designed it to. When I see it from that point of view, I am immediately convicted and want to do everything I can to check in on those around me.
I pray that each of us may be plugged into our local church, remembering that we are unified with the common goal of serving Christ and serving each other. May we faithfully check in with each other and be willing to offer our loving and compassionate service in any way we can.