On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.Acts 20:7
What’s your major? That’s a question that’s commonplace for anyone that attends college. It’s like a precursor for the full-on adulting question of “what do you do for a living?” In college, before I knew what I wanted to major in, I told people I was a “So-shh” major. But “so-shh” wasn’t short for sociology, but socializing! That’s because my favorite thing about school was being together with my friends owing to the fact that when I was younger, there were very few kids that lived close to us in our rural location, which was also compounded by the fact that my parents rarely invited people over to our house. Because of those two factors, I craved being with other people I had things in common with who didn’t share my DNA.
There’s something about gathering together with others that are going through the same things that we are that is powerful; it makes us feel less alone and more able to do hard things.
Maybe that’s why God commands us to faithfully gather together because we need each other. As a group working together towards one goal, to serve the Lord and to love others, meeting regularly builds the community that we need. Relationships take time to mature. It takes time and experience to build the bonds that connect us and to make us into a formidable force against the enemy. Church might be the place you initially go for healing, for information, for salvation, but as you faithfully gather in it, in people’s homes, and in the community, your church family becomes a place you go for connection and for building up one another. And that is what the Holy Spirit uses to attract people to the church; the sweet and faithful gathering of its people for the glory of God.
Questions to ponder
What was the first subject in school you really enjoyed? Why?
What is your current state of “gathering” when it comes to the church? In other words, how often are you connecting with the rest of the body of believers?
What is a group or activity you can sign up for this week that will continue to build bonds of unity between you and your church body?