Love is directly related to shared experiences. The more time
you spend with someone, the stronger your bond is.
It’s true across the board. Feeling distant from your friends?
Spend time with them. Feeling like you’re growing apart from your
other half? Spend time with them. Feeling a chasm between you and
your kids or parents? Spend time with them.
Feeling like you aren’t really connecting with anyone church?
Spend time with us. Sunday worship it’s tough to really interact. Try
Sunday school, stay after for our weekly lunch, come to Wednesday
classes, or even start a group of your own! It doesn’t even have to
be IN the church because WE ARE the church. Find excuses to have brief
interactions, and you’ll be astounded at the difference it makes.
Or do you feel far from God? The same applies. Spend time with
Him, He’s already in your house, at your work, and by your side. Paul
says in `1 Thes. 5: 17, “Pray without ceasing,” the Scripture is alive
with His Spirit and is waiting to be sought for comforting, guiding,
and instructing, and He is trying to speak to you through songs,
sights, and interactions with others who are equally open to the
greatness of God.
In fact, if you felt any of the apartness from others as first
mentioned, you may start with God first. It’s no coincidence Jesus
put it in the order he did when he said, “Love God, love others as
yourself.” Let us resist the temptation to always want to be filled by
others, but instead be inspired to overflow into all around us. God
has a purpose for you right now, and I guarantee it has something to
do with your relationship with Him as well as others.
God gave us love, time, and a whole bunch of each others. Let’s
put them together and see what it makes.
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Sean King is the Pastor for First Christian Church of Cisco.