Good afternoon, or whatever time it happens to be when you read this. I hope you are having, or had, a blessed Saturday. I just wanted to share with you that tomorrow is my favorite day of the week. I feel at times the week(s) gets long, and I always look forward to Sundays, so I can recharge. So, I want to toss you a little nugget of thought to ponder on. Now first off, a disclaimer. Though I have a beard and may look the part of a Peter, Paul, or John, I am not; just in case you needed confirmation on that because of the awesome beard. I am, however, a fellow Christian growing in my faith, wanting to be living for the Lord and am sharing this journey with you. So, my thought pattern may not be just as yours are and that is OK. We can still move forward together with living for the Lord though sharing experiences of life together. Now back to that little thought, nugget of pondering!
What do you suppose I am recharging on Sunday mornings? My Christian’ess, my closeness to God, or possibly my Faith? As I start to think this one through, I must say, I believe more and more, if any of those things stated are the reason I am going to Church, I am missing the mark and missing it big time. Who I am as a Christian, my relationship with God, and my Faith, which I hope are affected by church, are not the reason I feel recharged on Sunday mornings. We are made for worship and fellowship. As we dig in on Sunday mornings we are building, refreshing, and investing in our vertical relationship with God. That is why I feel so wonderful on Sunday mornings. I am able to let the dirt, grime, stress, and complications of the past week just fall away and build on that relationship. Our vertical relationship is so very important.
With all that said, I have a confession. I need to work better at pouring into that relationship during the week and not just on Sundays. I also believe that is not all I need to invest in on Sunday mornings or any other time of the week for that matter. We also have horizontal relationships to work on. That relationship building should also be done with all those around us; Our neighbors, our small groups, our church family or our household. Much like I am starting here with this simple blog, growing and living together is so very important, and key, to a successful mission of daily living, being encouraged, and being surrounded in the truth and love.
As you attend church tomorrow refresh and recharge in a way that is glorifying to God, fellowship and worship together. I pray you are able to intentionally build on your vertical relationship this week also and find it encouraging every day so you may have the strength to work on your horizontal relationships that are all around you.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24, 25