I recently purchased a different car. I love the model and the color of my new vehicle. It gives me a comfortable ride with great gas mileage. I don’t know about you but as soon as I began to drive my new car, I started to notice other vehicles on the road of the same model, color, and approximate year. I am sure that there were just as many of this type of vehicle on the road as before I purchase mine. But the day I drove my car off the lot I began to notice my car everywhere. I wonder if it is just me or do others experience this same phenomenon of model recognition? Our eyes seem to be drawn to our own model, our own style, our own kind.
Model recognition can apply to fellow fans of a favorite sports team. It can be an affinity with others from the same state where we grew up. It can be a brotherhood in a favorite hobby. But there is another model recognition that is important for our spiritual lives. We who are believers in Christ need to be drawn to others who follow the same Savior. We are instructed to assemble with one another (Heb. 10:25). We are challenged to worship together, to love one another, to serve one another, and to greet one another. God’s Word describes this fellowship, this team we are in, in several ways. We are described as workers in the same harvest field (1 Cor. 3:9). We are called members of the same body (Rom. 12:5). And we are part of the same building (1 Cor. 3:9,10). So as we look at scripture we are not just to recognize fellow believers as we go through life and perhaps wave at them from time to time. We are challenged to cultivate this vital relationship, this sweet fellowship, and this family of faith.
It doesn’t matter what car you drive, what team you cheer for, or what hobbies you enjoy. But God’s people need to stick together in this family of faith.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation