Faith is at once both personal and corporate. Most of the time we live out our faith in isolation but we gather periodically with other believers. Each day we seek to connect with God through prayer, reading His word, and in reflection upon His word. This connection and relationship shows as we live out our life on a daily basis. At times we also gather with other believers – perhaps on a Sunday morning for worship, maybe at another time in a small group or class. These gatherings encourage, equip, strengthen, and support us in our relationship with God.
Much is the same in our two faith lives. Daily we come before God, laying our sins before Him, seeking to be cleansed. Daily we offer our thanks and petitions, seeking His presence in our life. Daily we read His word, seeking to find how He speaks to us that day in the words we read. As we gather together, these practices are done again, but this time as a fellowship of believers. Although on one level, the acts are the same, there is meaning and value and much is gained from our time together. In the songs, the message, the communal prayers, we are united as one.
Both aspects of our faith are essential. One fuels and builds the other up. They work together to help us on our Christian journey. As we seek to grow in our faith, may each day bring us blessings through our connection with God.
Scripture reference: Psalm 105: 1-6 and 37-45