In the past week, two of my church family members left this veil of tears to enter the kingdom of heaven. I’ve prayed for another who is going through a divorce from a long time marriage. I’ve felt concern for several who are sick or struggling with various problems or anxiety.
Being part of a church is like having a huge extended family. You share your joys and sorrows. You build each other up when things look bleak. You have compassion for each other. When someone needs a ride to church, you offer to be there for them. When they can’t get out to shovel or buy groceries, you are there to help. You dwell in the Word together – studying, worshipping, singing, praying and enjoying each other’s company.
When you become a part of this family, you have an obligation to make sure that the Word is reaching outside the doors of that building through your own words and actions. We also should be inviting others into our family to share in the mercy and love God has shown to us – never judging, never looking at the outside, but always welcoming and letting them know that a church is a refuge for all sinners – including ourselves. The doors of the church should be open to everyone.
The world is made up of sinful human beings, but by the grace of God, we have been forgiven and our guilt has been washed away. There are so many who are longing to hear that message. Invite someone to share in the glory today!
Dear Lord, I am blessed with a warm, loving, compassionate church family. When my heart is troubled I know I can count on them for support. When I need help in any way, I know they have my back. Thank you for this wonderful gift and bless them and me through your precious Word, the Bible. Amen!