written by Susan Dodson
Was 10 minutes enough?
The past three weeks had been a whirlwind. We had been overwhelmed with the unfamiliar, and life had been interrupted. When Chip’s dad became ill, it was a roller coaster of ups and downs; a mission trip aborted, life altering decisions to be made, multiple trips back and forth to San Angelo. The love of our family kept us coasting, but even so, something was missing. It wasn’t until the night of visitation that we realized what it was – the value of our relationships back home. We looked up to see the familiar faces of our friends from Alsbury. Even though they only stayed 10 minutes, it was our lesson that love places no limits on time or location. You see, our friends had driven 8 hours round trip and spent 45 minutes in line, to love on us for 10 minutes! There was no greater sacrificial love that brought us more joy and comfort during our time of grief than that short visit from our friends.
The body of Christ in our local church is where we are taught to not just believe in Christ, but to learn how to love, to live, to serve, and to think like Christ. It is sharing life with others through connection and engagement that helps us “leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1). When we take the first steps of commitment to a body of Christ, the beauty of Christ begins to reveal itself. As Joshua Kang reminds us in his book, Deep Rooted in Christ, “we must invest time and energy to build a solid foundation”.
Maturing in Christ doesn’t happen overnight and certainly doesn’t happen just by joining a church. Maturing in Christ is a personal and corporate, life – long commitment of study, fellowship, prayer and reflection.
That 10 minutes spent with our friends is a just a fragment of the impact they had on our lives. We continue to serve together, to share life together, to learn from each other, to admonish each other, and to live life to the fullest in Christ with each other. The beauty of that 10 minutes was enough to see Christ revealed in the reflection of our friends and to bring us the desire to move closer to Him. May God bring us all the desire for a deeper and more committed connection with Christ and with each other at Alsbury “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”. Colossians 1:10