The inclination to isolate is more tempting now than ever. But our faith was never meant to be kept to ourselves.
The best way to stay encouraged is to stay connected. Paul longed to experience this with the Romans.
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you
that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:11–12
Paul needed encouragement too! Your leaders need encouragement, maybe more than most. Don’t assume just because of their position that they are immune to discouragement. Leader, if you are normally pouring out, don’t be afraid to receive encouragement also.
There is a type of encouragement that can only come from community. As amazing as Paul’s letters were (good enough to be Scripture), he still wished to actually be with them.
As many churches and communities go online, don’t let mere receiving encouragement be a substitute for real interaction. Even if community needs to be digital, you can still make sure it’s mutual.
So many people are struggling with fear, anxiety and worry right now. Who can you encourage? Also, who can encourage you? Get around people who will strengthen you. Paul said this to Philemon,
I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. Philemon 6
Unshared faith is unfulfilled faith. You can’t experience all God has for you on your own. You need to be sharing it with others to experience all the benefits found in Christ!
Who can you share your faith with today?