Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
Earlier this week Pastor Paul and I had the opportunity to gather together as part of a Baptist fellowship meeting near Chicago, IL. While I enjoyed the preaching and singing that took place during the meetings, what most encouraged me was the time spent with a good friend and fellow laborer in Christ. It was actually quite the surprise, for neither of us expected the other to be in attendance. Surprise quickly led to joy and edification as we spent several hours together throughout meeting talking, reminiscing, praying, and considering our current paths in ministry. It was truly a blessing.
Our time together led me to think...how many people at FBC have that kind of meaningful, spiritual deep relationship with a brother/sister in Christ? A friendship founded foremost in Christ, with transparency and honesty towards each other? Hebrews 3 describes the need for and practical reality of this kind of relationship.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-13
Church family, I want to ask just a few introspective questions as I close.
1. Do you recognize your need for this kind of relationship, due to the deceitfulness of sin? 2. Who could you actively invest in through exhortation in the body of Christ? 3. Who have you allowed transparent entrance into your life for your own edification? 4. If FBC was full of these kinds of relationships, what differences would be seen in our assembly?