As I rolled out of bed, a beautiful, bright Sunday morning beamed through my windows. It wouldn’t find me rushing to hop in the car for the 40-minute drive to our church services. Instead our Adult Bible Fellowship met through Zoom with a dozen couples participating. In that moment, I realized how much I missed the fellowship and encouragement when we all come together.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? (Philippians 2:1, NLT).
As I encouraged us to encourage others through the month of March, I realize the greatest encouragement we can experience is belonging to Christ, having the comfort of His love, and the fellowship we experience with one another because of our unity in the Spirit. Through isolation we easily become hard and uncaring, but regular fellowship keeps a heart tender and compassionate.
As my husband taught through Zoom this morning, he reminded us to not be like the church in Sardis, who had fallen asleep. Instead of being comfortable and taking things for granted, stay alert. Let’s keep encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ!
You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God (Hebrews 3:13, NLT).
Right now, it seems the whole world is in the same boat because of the virus, and people are taking things more seriously, but sadly, we have ALL been in the same boat with the curse of sin and death. We have fallen asleep to the urgency of what that means to a dying world.
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27, NASB).
Let’s not forget about the lost and dying world! Can others see a difference in us?
Each day when in my yard or walking around the neighborhood, I have opportunities to shine my light. Maybe it isn’t a flood light right now because of the distance we must keep, but even a spark is bright in the darkness.
P.S. Speaking of being in the yard, my husband encouraged me with this gorgeous flowerpot. But I need help!! What would you plant in it?