Tomorrow morning women from different churches in my Middle Eastern city are going to gather together. Instead of sleeping in on Saturday, they’re going to get up and go downtown to celebrate our fellowship in Christ.
When you serve breakfast to sixty sisters, there’s going to be some chaos and spilt tea, but it will be glorious. Each of these women is a light in a city where few people have received the light of Christ. And when we come together, when we start hugging and kissing and sharing, our lights shine brighter.
Every Thursday I go to a different gathering: men and women gathered together around a simple meal and God’s word. We call it family night because God has grafted us together. Some Thursdays we’re a crowd, and we make the food stretch a bit more. Other times we’re 3 or 4 people, but it doesn’t matter because whether we’re many or few, we always have an unseen visitor: Jesus.
We can’t see Jesus when we’re gathered together, but we can feel His presence.
When we come together as believers, we feel His touch.
We hear His voice when we read His Word together or when a brother or speaks a word of encouragement.
We feel His power when a sister grasps our hand and whispers a prayer over us.
When we gather together in worship, we see Him more clearly.
When we gather together, our faith is encouraged.
When we gather together, our lights shine more brightly.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have regular opportunities to meet together with other believers? How many people do you meet with? What encourages you the most?