The phrase, “among you” appears many times in the New Testament referring to a gathering together of believers, like here:
- Colossians 4:16 “…when the epistle is read among you.”
- Romans 1:13 “…that I might have some fruit among you.”
- 2 Thessalonians 3:7 “…for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you.”
New Testament writers not only assumed that believers would gather in assemblies called churches. They often alluded to the benefits of being “among” one another in the assembly.
2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you…”
To be “base among them” means to be humble. Paul might appear so humble some people might look down on him. That never kept him from going to church!
I think a lot of people don’t want to go to church nowadays because it is humbling. It requires patience. It can have its uncomfortable moments. You don’t always get your own way when you become part of the group.
The truth is that this humbling process is one of the reasons the Lord wants us to assemble. He wants us to grow in the context of a believing community where there will probably be more humbling than exalting. He wants the chance to produce flexibility in us.
People, me included, are quirky. Some talk too much, some too little. Some are too demonstrative, some are too withdrawn. Some are a bit legalistic, others are a bit liberal. Some are givers, some are takers. Some are sensitive, some are more like soldiers. But God has called us to be enlarged by each other.
Being among the believers can be humbling and will be healthy.