There used to be a time in my life, where I thought I could do it alone. It being church, God, and life.
I had a really terrible experience growing up in the church as a child into my early teen years. Christians were not really Christ-like at all, actually.
Since I grew up in a small town, I would see the same people everyday, even at church, and for one hour only, they would be Christians. As soon as the clock struck 12, well, let’s just say the glass slippers turned back into regular old tennis shoes.
So, of course, I didn’t want to be around those people. They weren’t genuine. It was all for show. And so, as soon as my parents gave me the choice, I stopped attending.
It would become years before I would go back to church. I didn’t believe in Christians. I didn’t believe in church. I believed in God, but it’s hard to really understand who He is when you’re doing it all alone. In fact, I would say that it’s impossible.
We aren’t meant to worship alone. We need each other. We need to know that other people have stood where we are standing. We need the support and love from community because, let’s be honest, the world isn’t very welcoming to us.
It’s like that childhood game, Red Rover. We need to grab each other’s hands and stand strong together, united. Let people run to us, let them crash into our arms, and then let us wrap our arms around them and show them that we are here for them, just like God is here for us. Unable to break our bond, just as the rules of the game say, they will join our team, helping to make us stronger and more united for the next person’s turn.
Just imagine, for a minute, what that would look like, and what that would mean for us and for our mission. Pretty cool, huh?
Acts 2; 42-47 “42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believes were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And The Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Red Rover! Red Rover! Who’s going to come over?