Ever been on a road trip with friends? That’s what I am doing today, and have in fact done several times in the last weeks as I travel around on business for my job. When you are on a trip with friends, you share with one another, you laugh, and you get to know each other better. If you need help on the road, your friends provide it as needed. It is all a product of being together, doing life together. This is how God intended it to be, people being with people, sharing and helping each other when we struggle.
Do you realize that this is what church is all about? We attend church to do life together, to share and help each other along the way. We laugh, we learn, and we spend time doing the all important task of worshipping. But we don’t just do that on Sunday. Do you? Tell me you don’t leave it at that!
One of the things I like the most about being a part of The Chapel is that it is not a once a week thing, we do life together. All through the week I watch Chapel people interact, spend time together and do so much more than just sit together in church services. Our small groups are not Sunday school! If you haven’t caught on to that yet, you are really missing the boat. They are so much more than that, they are mini parties with some people who will soon become some of your best friends and support mechanism. We are to love and support one another, as in this example:
John 13:34-35: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
For far too long the church has been seen as a place we go once a week to socialize, to be judged and made to feel guilty. God did not intend it to ever be that, he intended it to be a joy and a place to serve and be served — every day! If you ware not living that promise out every day, you are missing so much.
We are on a road trip together. I hope you will show up to be there when I need you, and I’ll do the same for you. Let’s enjoy the ride God gave us.
Have a great week, see you on the road!