The Impact of Others

I could feel their energy and enthusiasm as soon as I walked in the door.

Psalm 122:1-9

Reference: I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭122‬:‭1‬ NIV)

Explore: Our church holds one of the biggest worship conferences in Australia. Thousands of people, world wide, gather together to learn, grow and worship God.

Unfortunately, due to work and family commitments, I was not able to attend this year. But I got a sense of how good it had been when I turned up to church on Sunday.

After people had put aside a whole week to develop themselves in God, I could feel their energy and enthusiasm as soon as I walked in the door. People were fired up by being around thousands of others who had invested in them and inspired them.

We have to be careful not to become conference junkies, but it’s healthy to gather together with other believers to deepen our relationship with Christ.

Application: It is very challenging to grow in a silo. We develop best when we observe others and learn from their experience.

The Psalmist was encouraged by those around him who also wanted to be in God’s presence. Let’s be honest, our church affiliation is often driven by the friendships we hold with the other members of the congregation.

Our challenge is to be open to what others can teach us. And, just as importantly, to open our lives so others can experience God’s love and grace through our own story.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the community of faith I associate with. May I continue to grow and develop in You. Amen.

Who, in your faith community, are you currently learning from?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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