Yesterday we decided to renew our effort to invest in real friendships. We’re all designed to experience real connection with other people – not just looking for a good time where we treat each other’s bodies like an amusement park. Did you get honest? Did you get courageous? Did you offer real friendship to someone in your life?
I want to dig in on that a little deeper today. Was yesterday a stretch? Everything about our world works against the possibility of real community with people. We’re busier than ever. And if we’re not busy, we’re probably being entertained. But it’s hard to connect when everyone is facing forward watching a screen.
Maybe you’ve got some close friends in life, but they’re not walking in the same direction as you. That can make connection hard, too. Not only do you need some close friends, but you need some of them to be following Jesus like you. Hear me out – Christians risk becoming anything but Christ-like when they insulate themselves from people who think differently or live differently than them. But it’s hard to follow Jesus when none of your friends are doing it with you. Here’s what the Bible says in Hebrews:
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
People quote that verse and use it to talk about Sunday morning worship gatherings a lot. That’s legit, sure. But I think it’s bigger than what happens in ‘church’, too. It’s referring to what happens when people in the church come together to connect.
At GCC, we work hard to make sure everyone has a chance to gather like that. On Monday nights, the Granger campus is buzzing with different group environments that you can jump into. If you’re 18-25, you can get connected at MERGE, too. MERGE meets Wednesday nights at 8:15pm in the great room at Granger.
So far, the next steps we’ve looked at haven’t been so concrete. We’ve reflected. We’ve asked questions. But if you’re tired of feeling unconnected, maybe it’s time to do something tangible. Check out details about GCC groups HERE.
God, help us move our feet in the right direction. It's not enough to think differently; help us to act differently, too. Give us strength to take a step towards You and towards real community as we walk away from the broken ways we've tried to connect.
In Jesus' name,