Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25 ESV)
Why do we go to church? To learn? To praise and worship? To fellowship? Yes, yes and yes.
But how would our report card look on each of these three areas? I know that I’ve been fortunate to have always sat under the teaching of people solid in the Word. I often take notes so I do believe that I am fairly engaged in the learning aspect.
As for the praise and worship, well, if I were to be honest, unless I have been worshiping at home before leaving for the service, I will often be distracted during the first few songs. I guess they are kind of like the warm up. And, if there’s a cute baby in front of me . . . yeah. That can send me sideways and off the worship rails.
Then there’s the fellowship. Hmmmmm. We say that we women often become versions of our mothers and boy, is that ever true with me. I fight the default every week! My mother, who loved the Lord deeply, was the most introverted introvert you could have ever met. She was never late for church but would beeline it to ‘her’ spot and sit until the service started. Once it was over, she would leave me to get a ride home with my brothers as ‘she had to go check on the roast’. Now that I’m older and looking back, I think that our Sunday roast ritual was more about giving her an excuse to run than it was about a hot meal.
So now, I too tend to do exactly that. I walk in and acknowledge anyone who is between me and ‘my’ spot. Then I park myself until the end. But here’s where our little home fellowship catches women like me and my mom. We have a potluck after every Sunday service. Sneaky Christians.
This basically forces me out of my shell and into the lives of others. Live, face-to-face interaction, not social media. Time spent with friends I’ve grown to love, and I can see their true expressions as we share our week’s highs and lows. Much more meaningful than just J and L. Layers get pulled back as we experience true Christian fellowship and it is both sweet and biblical. Thank God!
While we don’t all attend small fellowships to make this happen, we can however open up our homes and put in a roast for sharing. Then, instead of only inviting our besties, we can reach out to those around us that we’ve never met as we knit ourselves into a true church body. Small groups come in various forms . . . take a step and start one. Hubby and I are looking to do that this year ourselves.
Father, thank You for showing us the importance of breaking bread together. Oh how Jesus loved to hang out with his disciples! Help us to let go of any faulty programing and take risks to reach out to those around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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