Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing but let us encourage one another. Hebrews 10:25

We all have a need for community, a sense of belonging. Apparently from studies it has been found that suicide rates, child abuse, criminal activity are all greater when there is a lack of community and people don’t have a sense of belonging. A writer I read expressed this by saying, “Isolation is a health hazard”.

The Bible has a lot to say about our need to belong. God said at the very beginning, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” where one part can’t say to another “I don’t need you”. In Revelation 21:2 we find heaven described in terms of a city. God could have designed heaven in a rural setting, with farms, wide open spaces, countryside, but God describes heaven as a city because He knows our need for community. God created us for relationships and having fellowship meets our need to belong.

This verse encourages us to regularly gather together with other believers. This isn’t just a nice idea. There are very practical reasons for doing so. We are built up in our faith by being with others who believe. Sometimes it is just their presence that encourages us because we know that by being present at a church service or Christian meeting they are indicating it is important to them.

As Christians we can have our need for belonging met in God but we also need the fellowship and the encouragement of others. So let us continue to avail ourselves of that opportunity.