I’m going to get straight to the point – and I may step on a few of your toes – but you need to get connected with a body of believers in God. That may be a church – a life group, or a Bible study.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
Why is it so easy to make time for work and girl’s night, soccer practices and ballet recitals, and then Sunday morning comes and we are just exhausted? We had thought about going to church – we even went as far as putting it on our calendar in our smart phone. But the alarm goes off and we just can’t find the strength to get ourselves up as well as get our kids ready and fed to be out the door early again.
It’s funny how we can cram schedules, meet deadlines, attend every practice, sit it on every conference, but God is just going to have to wait another week. Maybe next weekend will not be as crazy; maybe we won’t be as lazy.
In this day and age, church seems like it is becoming a thing of the past. I am going to propose three arguments for going to church and getting involved.
First, Christianity and investing money can be comparative. Just as taking a portion of your income every week and putting some away in savings will reap a huge dividend in later years of life, so will taking your time every week and investing a portion back into your life to learn about God, grow in faith, and become connected and encouraged by other like-minded folks.
It is important to remember that the church is made up of sinners … do not expect perfection from people. The church is a perfect place to learn how to forgive people, tolerate people and submit to serving people – just as Christ did for us. Invest your time wisely. Remember, your children will be the ones who will also reap the rewards.
Second, back up who you say you are. I hear the phrase, “I am a Christian” so many times. Unfortunately, I don’t see anything in their life to back up those words.
Allow me to use this example: If you say you are a golfer, then I would expect you would own a set of golf clubs, have extra golf balls and tees on hand, and have other golfers who you play with regularly. You would have experience with knowing what club to use depending on how far you are from the hole and the conditions surrounding the shot. Being a Christian is much more than acknowledging God – let your life be a reflection of your words!
Third, we are better together. God created Adam and then said he needed a helpmate so God created Eve. Better together. The church represents the same thing – we are all a part of one body of believers. Thank goodness we all have different gifts to bring to the table.
We all can’t be preachers. We all can’t be singers. We need every individual to come and bring their gifts and be an active part of the family of God. Better together.
Your blended family is going to be a struggle at times. You need people to pray for your family.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
We all need a helping hand at times. Maybe at some point, you will be a helping hand to someone else!
Blessings in your Blending!