In today’s Bible reading I will be looking at Romans 1. I want to specifically focus on where he says “…that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” I think this is especially important to take note of since covid made it hard to gather for a long time and I think we can all agree that to some degree our Faith was affected. This is why I think it is important that I go to church, to be able to meet with like-minded believers who are going to support me in my own walk with the Lord and for me to be able to support them as well. God did not intend for us to be alone, but for us to have fellowship with one another and encourage each other to live daily for Him. As life is returning to normal at this stage of the pandemic I think it is important that we make an effort to rebuild our church communities and get ourselves back into those routines that will draw us closer to God.
Earlier this week you heard about our recent Midwest Family Camp theme of standing firm in our faith and its importance. Throughout verses 21 and 22 we can see the effect that happens when we are not standing firm in our faith, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools” This is why it is important to be in a community of believers, iron sharpens iron, and wise Godly people can point out when our thinking becomes futile, or when we are not honoring God with our actions. Without these leaders in our churches we may become like the fools that Paul is talking about here, and if you read on, these foolish people do not end up living fun or flourishing lives.
In our churches we need people who are willing to step up as leaders and examples of what standing firm and walking with God looks like.
Katie-Beth (Fletcher) Mattison