“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NIV)
A friend shared the following with me.
“I tear up a lot in church. Not because I’m so filled with the spirit and joy. It’s more like a sadness. Watching others, I feel like I must be missing something. I know what I believe and I have no doubts about who God is. I would never sway from that. On the other hand, I do not understand when people say they feel or have had God respond. I’ve never had an overwhelming feeling that he was with me like I’ve heard others speak of.”
The most important aspect of church may be the experience of genuine community. Remember, we do not “go to church.” Rather, we “are the church.” What happens whenever Christians come together is the “gathering of the church.”
Each week we have people in our midst who sense a deep disconnect from the body of Christ. It is not their responsibility to make connections so much as it is ours.
Please prayerfully consider accepting this three-part challenge.
- Commit to pray daily for five people who you know are hurting. You don’t have to tell them you are praying for them. This is between you and God.
- Take steps to connect with these five people. Take time to speak with them whenever you see them. Not a casual word of greeting, but a sincere, interested conversation.
- Invite these people into your life. Ask them to join you for lunch. Invite them into your home. Lose the excuses like, “My home isn’t nice enough.” They don’t need things. They need community.
I sense the Lord is working among the people called Alsbury. He wants to do something significant. He wants to do it through you and me.