As believers we are called to fellowship. It is tremendously difficult to cultivate and grow your faith unless you are involved with people with a common pursuit who can help you during struggles as you do the same for them. (Colossians 2:2) My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ. Fellowship can also be viewed in its ability to sanctify us. As we deal with other children of God it is inevitable that we will face disappointment which requires us to view people with the eyes of God and subsequently grow in our Christ-likeness. Part of fellowship is leaning on another person or group as we struggle through the difficult existence as God’s light in a dark world.
In my naive spiritual immaturity I found myself let down repeatedly as I sought mentorship to guide me through this unfamiliar walk. I know that my hungry mind would be looking to soak up and explore my walk. I feel that reading and trying to dig deeper into scripture is my way of worship. I soak up the light of the Lord and I grow in faith as I see how His way is greater than what I could have dreamed. His provision is vastly more than I could have imagined let alone find. It is hard to explain how it feels to know that you are holding the hand of God and letting Him guide you through this maze of tribulation. Growing in faith and maturity as we walk allows us to close our eyes during the times the darkness becomes too much. Fellowship is still a struggle for me as I wait for the mentors God has designed to help me grow. My faith in His plan gives me the patience to let those plans unfold, and not over reach. I have to realize that moving forward in my own power will leave me guided by people who might make a crooked path.