Over the past month or so, during my morning time with God, I have been reading a book entitled “Praying the Names of God,” by Ann Spangler. This particular morning I was reading about Qedosh Yisrael, which means the Holy One of Israel. As I finished reading the morning excerpt, an idea occurred to me which had nothing to do with what I was reading. The thought was that people don’t leave church when they have real relationships with each other. I thought to myself, “What a strange idea to have when reading about the holiness of God and how He tells us to be holy because He is holy.”
Since this thought was nothing close to what I was actually reading I decided that I should pay attention to it. It made me think about my own relationships in the church I attend. Do I have real relationships with those in the body of Christ? What does it really mean to have a “real” relationship in a world filled with social media. I can have 1,000 Facebook friends but when was the last time I had a real conversation with a real person? Better yet, when was the last time I invited someone from the church to spend time with me or my family to really get to know them, especially someone who is new? Ultimately, how will others know I am a Christian when I am not outwardly loving my brothers and sisters in Christ? In John 13:34-35 Jesus says, “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (HCSB)
Jesus gave his life for the church, so why do I think that following Him and obeying His commands won’t cost me something? Where have I fallen short in my management of time with others and building real, godly relationships within the family of God?
The simple statement “People don’t leave church when they have real relationships with each other,” has caused many questions for me personally to reflect upon. I wonder what the Lord is telling you today and what questions He may be imposing on your life as you read this. Take some time to sit before the Lord today and over the next few days to answer this question “How are my relationships with those who follow Jesus?”
Article by Amy L. Hernández