I have been blessed to witness on a regular basis an amazing, crazy love. A love that makes me cry with joy. A love that Jesus would be proud of. This love comes from my church family.
When I say church family, I mean anyone in the Christian community, not just those in my personal church. I believe the “church” is not a building, it is not one group, but the entire body of Christ followers.
Scripture says in Matthew 12:48-50, “Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”
I have seen an amazing support system for a friend who is going through cancer. I have seen someone pick up another person every single week and give them a ride to Bible study. I have seen people who have been alienated from their peers because they are a little different be welcomed with open arms. I have seen people open up their homes to perfect strangers on holidays, for those who may be spending it alone. I have seen people who have never met each other pray and encourage each other through an online community. And I have seen myself a few years ago go from being a lonely single mom, to a person with an entire support system.
If you are not a part of a Christian community, you are missing out on this wonderful love. The Christian community is a beautiful gift God has designed for us. A gift of love, family, and belonging.
Here are some ways to get involved in a Christian community, if you are not a part of one.
- Join a local church – This is crucial. The local church is the hope of the world. Find one where God is speaking to you. There are so many great churches out there with amazing people.
- Join a Bible study – This takes it deeper and to the next level. A Bible study is an intimate and wonderful experience in learning God’s word with other believers. The church I attend calls them life groups. Other churches may call them small groups. If your church doesn’t have this option, I know there may be other options in your community.
- Serve – If you have the opportunity, start serving! I started serving in my local church many years ago and it has been a life changing experience for me. I met so many amazing people and built eternity-long relationships.
- Join an Online Bible Study – I join in an Online Bible Study every few months through Proverbs 31 Ministries and I love it. The wonderful people you can meet across the world is so amazing. My church family has no geographical boundaries!
I have found such beautiful people that I am so blessed to have in my life. The hope of Jesus Christ can bring people together like nothing else. Now, it is our job to take this love and show it to everyone – believers and non-believers alike.
Prayer: Father God, thank you so much for giving me a community and family of other believers. Help me to show your love to these people and to keep adding to our numbers daily. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Discussion: How has your “church family” affected your life?
This post is part of my series for May called Rewriting Relationships. If you enjoyed this post, I would be so blessed if you would subscribe to my blog via email. I pray that you have a wonderful and blessed day.