“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
You are not alone. (Have I said that enough this month?)
This faith we have is in the very God who created us for relationship with Himself. Togetherness is part of this whole thing. When you accept Christ, you accept His family.
The local church, a community of believers, was God’s idea. Can you image what it would’ve been like to live in the early church’s day? No one else knew the truth yet; they only had each other.
Take a moment to read Acts 2.
The gift of the Holy Spirit was so important that Jesus told the disciples it was better that He leave so the Helper could come (John 16:5-14). He was physically about to leave them, but He was sending Someone better for them.
Lots of sermons are preached on “the fruit of the Spirit” and on “the gifts of the Spirit.” But on a fundamental level, you can’t experience either of those things in your life without experiencing the gift, singular, of the Spirit. What I mean is, the Spirit Himself, as friend, companion and comforter. (For more on this topic, check out Robert Morris’ book The God I Never Knew, a great resource that clears up some of the misconceptions about the Holy Spirit.)
The Bible says the Spirit dwells in us. That’s as close as anything can get. He is the ultimate combatter of loneliness. As my pastor frequently says, He is a person – just like the Father and Christ – and He has a personality. Do you know what His personality traits are?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23
Could there be a better friend?
He is so much more, and He gives us so much more. But we won’t experience any of it unless we let Him become our best friend. The one who never leaves. The one who comforts. Who leads. Who encourages.
Until we know we are not alone.