Spiritual Vitamin Articles
During a hike in the woods a troop of Boy Scouts came across an abandoned section of railroad track. Each, in turn, tried walking the rails but eventually lost his balance and tumbled off. Suddenly two of the boys, after considerable whispering, offered to bet that they could both walk the entire length of the track without falling off. Challenged to make good on their boast, the two boys jumped up on opposite rails, extended a hand to balance each other, and walked the entire section of track with no difficulty whatsoever.
The only way to get through life is with the mutual support of a friend. In the church the best place for mutual support is in a small group. The church word for that is "fellowship." "Fellowship" means more than potluck dinners or small talk in the lobby after worship. Fellowship is the mutual caring of the church for itself, in all aspects of caring-physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational.
Look at how Luke described the small groups formed after 3,000 joined the church on the Day of Pentecost:
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread with glad and generous hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)
Doesn't that sound great? Don't you wish we could experience the same thing today at First UMC? We can! Some people already do-those who have small groups that are fulfilling these roles and purposes. When life becomes a difficult balancing act, reach out to someone for mutual support. While you may not find that life gets easier, you will find it gets easier to negotiate.