“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
Spiritual growth isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon.
If you want to go the distance in your relationship with Jesus, don’t run the marathon alone. No one can run the race for you, but other people can—and should—run the race with you.
An old African proverb says, “To run fast, run by yourself. But to run far, run with other people.”
You don’t need 100 people with you. You don’t even need 10. You just need three or four people running with you, supporting you in all God wants to do through your life.
That’s why you need to be in a small group. You need a handful of people who can spur you on in your spiritual life. You need to be able to spur others on as well.
Do you know why so many people give up on their spiritual lives? Usually, it’s fear. They’re afraid of failing. They’re afraid they won’t measure up. They’re so afraid they can’t keep their commitment that they just give up. As a result, they miss God’s best for their life.
But when you’re in a small group where you’re loved and accepted by others, they’ll give you the courage to keep going in your spiritual journey. They’ll give you the courage to finish your race strong.
Do whatever it takes to find a group of people who give you that kind of support. It could mean the difference between giving up or giving it your all.
This devotional came from the Open Doors: A Year of Daily Devotions by Rick Warren. You can get it HERE.