Devoted to friendship

 

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… All the believers were together and had everything in common…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people.”

Acts 2:42, 44 & 46b-47a

The book of Acts, composed eloquently by Luke, depicts the beginnings of a fellowship and, ultimately, a church, that blossomed out of a common desire to live and make known the gospel; but particularly to be with, and enjoy, other beilevers.

Today I had a similar experience: I attended the first (of hopefully many!) meet-up of a mothers’ group recently initiated by a friend of mine. Although I’m an extrovert, I was still nervous to meet new people. But I was beyond relieved and refreshed by the wonderful, genuine and blessed time we had together, made all the more great by the delicious food present! There was nothing clinical, forced or superficial about it. We all with sincere hearts took the opportunity to discover and invest in the others who were there.

And I praise God not only for the favour and enjoyment of these wonderful women, but also for the favour with which He lavishes on us when we come together with other believers for devoted fellowship.

Are you actively seeking time with other believers this week? Is there someone/a group of friends who could really use a coffee/lunch/shopping date with you? Try to make time for it, if you can – you’ll always be blessed by such an investment, not to mention the delight it brings our Heavenly Father to see His children coming together to encourage and edify one another.

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