Why We Need to Get Involved In Others Lives

 

I don’t have to tell you that we are living in a selfish culture. It’s all around us. We are told to constantly “Look out for Number One (you),” and disregard other people’s opinions.  It’s creating a monster. Just think about how much has changed in recent years with social media and technology attributing to the growing gap in our ability to relate with others and have people intimately involved in our lives. Our culture yells out messages emphasizing the importance of YOU – and no one else. But what will we miss if we continue going down this road with no emphasis placed on knowing a person or having permission to be involved in their life?

The Bible clearly supports the fact that we are to be involved in one another’s lives as Christians. This is found to be true when we look to Jesus as our example and listen to what His Word has to say about genuine fellowship among the believers. First Thessalonians 5:14-15 gives us an important command urging us to “admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.” It’s evident that we are to be involved in one another’s lives. We have a responsibility and are commanded to do these such things and to receive others in our own lives as well.

As Christians, having people involved in your life is vital to the growth and development of your Christian walk. We need others. ”Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). As a young Christian, I remember the great need to have others involved in my life as I sought to walk in freedom over sinful strongholds and apply the truth to my life. I had a small group of women that helped me wage war against temptations from my past and hold me accountable to the truths I had learned in our weekly Bible studies. It wasn’t always easy learning to walk in this new life but I couldn’t imagine where I were be without true friends speaking into me words of life and truth.

A few years ago, I patiently walked with a friend through her struggle with deep depression. She would have continuous thoughts of suicide and at one point was hospitalized due to her thoughts. I would study the Bible with her and help her to apply the truth in a practical way for her life. It was essential for her to have a family of believers around her to help her overcome this struggle. As I think back on those dark days in her life, I stand in amazement of how God allowed me to build a friendship with her and graciously speak His Word to her heart. For months she wrestled with the truth and even doubted her salvation. However, she surrendered and began to let God renew her mind with scripture and chose to fight the lies of the enemy who was trying to destroy her. Through Bible study and hours spent talking things though, she began to understand what it truly meant to trust Jesus Christ and cling to God’s Word for strength. I learned we must be involved in others’ lives to spur one another on in the faith. We are exhorted to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and… consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Oftentimes, we need a brother or sister to come alongside us and encourage us to believe God and trust Him at His Word.

When we see why we are to be involved in each other’s lives, it should produce in us an excitement about Christ-centered friendships. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book called Life Together, reminds us of this aspect of Christianity should cause us to praise God for this gracious gift of community. “Let [us] thank God on [our] knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren (20)”.  May we be thankful and excited for the opportunities we have to be involved in other’s lives!

 

If you’ve been around Transform Student Ministries the past couple of years, you’ve probably met Carlotta! Carlotta has been aconference/camp staffer, office volunteer, summer intern, teacher/mentor, and recently came on staff full-time as Transform’s Special Programs Coordinator  Carlotta’s love for the Lord is contagious, and being around her makes you want to know more about her Savior. 

 

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