This past Sunday we had a group visit our church who talked to us about Connections and how important they are.
They each told a story about their life and their faith and how why they are still active. Each story had some connection- some relationship- which helped keep them or get them back to the church.
Today I went out to eat with a friend and her daughter. And as I sat there with them laughing and telling stories- sharing life- I started to think:
This is what it’s all about.
Being Christian isn’t about being in the church on Sunday mornings, going to all the age-appropriate church events and claiming to be this awesome Christian.
Being Christian is about connections, its about relationships.
Jesus was a man of the people. He didn’t live above them, and He didn’t care if it was Sunday or people were expecting Him, He was there.
Jesus was a man who built relationships- with his disciples and others. He didn’t just stand at the front of a church preaching, He really met people where. they. were.
He healed the sick.
He raised the dead.
He comforted the weak and sorry.
As humans, we were created to be in community, to build connections.
And as Christians it’s about being in relationships, building relationships, and being Jesus-with-skin-on to those around us. It’s about truly caring for the person across the table. Not caring because you want the latest gossip, or because you are “a great Christian person,” but because we are called to love because He loved us!
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:14
“if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-38