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friendsSo speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind (1 Thessalonians 5:11, MSG)

Who do you surround yourself with?

People who give you encouragement?

Or, Eeyore Vampires who drag you down?

Paul told his friends at Thessalonica to encourage and build up hope to create unity.

Do you belong to a fellowship group that encourages you? That holds you together?

Growth in your faith walk, including at work, is a daily transformation. You develop your intimate relationship with God as you foster relationships with others, including folks at work.

This daily conversion is a call to go beyond self-reliance to entrust yourself to the body of Christ through relationships in the faith community.

Paul is telling us we need each other. We need each other to support our faith walk with our families and friends. And, we need each other to support living our faith at work.

As your relationship with Jesus grows at work, you observe an ongoing transformation as you move from “me” to “we.” You lose yourself in love for others.

This movement emerges as spiritual insight from instruction and direction you receive from other Christians.

Each day, especially at work, such spiritual sensitivity to the Body can fall victim to the noise and clutter of the negative world.

This transformation is more than just a heart-felt affection for our team who plays nice despite the negative world. It’s really a radical inner change in your mind. You think differently than before. You love God and others more and think of them before yourself.

It’s not that you think less of yourself. You think first of others.

The workplace is the ultimate playing field for living into your transformation from “me” to “we.”

And yet, the barrage of obstacles assaults you daily at work.

One way to overcome these obstacles is through the strength you find in fellow believers who encourage and build you up. Such an inward unity displays outwardly, also.

This outward unity gives you the strength and courage to live your Christian convictions, and attracts others to live their own Christian beliefs.

We need each other. We rely on each other. We grow each other.

Encouraging words are best spoken and hope best build up in small groups of believers who meet consistently to bring out the best—the Christ—in each other.

Such intimate fellowships happen as you experience transformation, that inner change that calls you to decrease, so Jesus can increase.

Do you belong to a fellowship group that helps you transform and increase your faith?

A group from which you receive encouraging words and build up hope?

If not, begin praying now that God will deliver you to just such a fellowship.

When you find it, join it and engage in the inner conversion that will begin immediately.

Develop these Christian relationships and realize that each person needs what you do—encouraging words and built-up hope.

Enjoy the fruits found in your faith-filled fellowship: increased faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

Mike Van Vranken

Find a great fellowship group resource here on Amazon.

Who is one person you’d like to be in a fellowship group with? Talk with that person and see what reaction you receive.

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Dr. Joey Faucette and Mike Van Vranken are the #1 best-selling authors of Faith Positive in a Negative World, Faith & Work Success coaches, & speakers who help Christian business professionals increase their faith with greater joy at work so they love God and others more. Discover more about the Faith Positive Coaching Resources for individuals and churches by clicking on the banner to the right or at www.GetPositive.Today.