Our journey to grow in a closer relationship with God and deepen our faith in Him was never intended to be a solo activity. If we were to stop and analyze the early church, we’d discover that there was a deep and regular dependence on others. Paul could not have been more clear to the good people in Galatia when he commanded them to “bear one another’s burdens”.
Before we dismiss this as a poetic churchy command, let’s consider that the writer of Hebrews also commanded the Christian Jews to not neglect meeting together, “as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”.
There are many reasons why we go “sideways” in our important relationships. It would be irresponsible for me to suggest there is a single reason. However, in my personal experience, a common denominator of those who are spiritually healthy, others-centered and making a positive difference in the lives of others, is this: they each often have a smaller group of people in their lives who love Jesus, love them, and can speak truth to them on even the most sensitive subjects.
I am busy, you are busy.
You’ve been hurt, I’ve been hurt.
I struggle in trusting others, you also struggle in this way.
God told me to get closer to others and if i do, He will cause good things to happen in my life. His promise to me is the same for you.
Please join a small group for the next six weeks. Not for me. Not for your spouse. But for you. And if you do, God will use it in a positive way in your life.
He bet His life on it.
See you Sunday.