Several years ago, Cindy Colley presented a Bible study method called “Soul Survivor’s Guide” to the ladies at PTP. What I appreciate about it is the fact that it begins with the blessings found in Christ, and that creates a desire for someone to want to be IN Christ. The study covers about 10 specific blessings mentioned in Scripture that are only for those who are in Christ. I always point out that it’s by no means an exhaustive list. Further study would reveal even more blessings! One of the blessings I cherish the most is meaningful relationships.
Does God understand our need for support and companionship? Oh yes! There are over 50 “one another” passages in the New Testament. (I have a list, if you’re interested). God shows us how to love, respect, and forgive one another. He encourages us to give preference to one another. What a contrast to the shallow, self-seeking relationships found in the world!
Churches that place an emphasis on fellowship are loving and united. Christians that make the effort to take advantage of those opportunities for fellowship are strengthened by the support found in a unique bond. We’re tied together by the precious blood of Christ, and that’s a relationship that can’t be found anywhere else.
In addition to the constant joy found by being with your local church family, you can find that same level of closeness with Christians you meet all over the world. You can run into old friends (like the picture below, taken at PTP), and it doesn’t matter that you’ve been separated by time and distance. You can quickly make new friends (like the picture above, also taken at PTP), and it feels as if you’ve known each other for years. You can even travel to foreign countries and fellowship with brothers & sisters in Christ, and it feels as if there’s no language barrier at all.
How can we keep this unique blessing to ourselves? Those in the world are CRAVING meaningful relationships, which is evident by the number of social networks, dating services, bars and clubs. Last weekend, Tami Roberts spoke at Bear Valley’s ladies’ retreat. She talked about the fact that God created in us a natural appreciation for beauty. She said when we act as we should in the Lord’s church, it’s a very beautiful thing. If we’re loving, honoring, respecting each other as God commanded, the world will be drawn by that beauty and come knocking at our door!
Prayer for Today: May I nurture and protect those meaningful relationships found in Christ, and may I look for opportunities to share that blessing with others.