November 27, 2017

Bound Together

By: Megan Ellenberger [Stevens, PA]

Some of these friends have been a part of my church since birth; others I didn’t meet until high school.

We are all different ages, and yet God has bound us together as a “ministry family.” Together we pray, worship, serve others, and delve deeper into faith. We love and support one another. Whether we’re in the youth room at church, the mountains of Guatemala, or anywhere in between, I experience the most meaningful spiritual discussions and worship moments with these people.

Megan’s “ministry family”

Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of . . . Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 4:15–16 (NIV)

We started out as youth group friends and have become a family, always challenging one another to grow and encouraging one another when things seem impossible. The Bible tells us that a friend sticks closer than a sibling (Proverbs 18:24), that two are stronger than one (Ecclesiastes 4:12), that a friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17), and that we are to build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11). I have found all of this and more to be true of my brothers and sisters in Christ, who truly are like family to me. I know that I can always count on them.

REFLECT: With whom has God bound you together as family? How do you challenge one another to pray, to grow in faith, to be the body of Christ?

Stronger Together

Many friends have strengthened my faith by reminding me of God’s truth in scripture, gently showing me when I need to change my ways, praying with me during hard times, sending notes to remind me I am loved, and holding me accountable for spiritual practices, such as prayer, Bible study, and worship with God’s people. We need each other. In times of testing or doubt, our Christian friends can help us through. When our faith is strong, we can encourage those friends in return. How will you encourage a friend in faith this week—call, text, hug, pray?


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