|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Somebody needs you. Be there for them.”
Over the course of the previous month, as we have been devotionally considering the importance and value of Christian community, many of you have responded with positive feedback about one or more of the devotionals. Some of you have commented on the theme in general.
The subject of Christian community has obviously resonated with many of our readers and has evidently addressed an issue that many of us care deeply about. Therefore, we will continue our thinking about it into the new month.
I think there are many reasons the subject of Christian community is so near and dear to the hearts of so many of us. For one thing, we live in a very troubled world and, if done right, our church life is a time of renewal and nurture. Our gatherings with our brothers and sisters are a time of refuge from the storms of life. Also, it’s just good for the soul to be immersed in a warm, safe, comfortable environment of love and acceptance, surrounded by people who truly care about us and who lift us up and encourage us. Good Christian community is a vital part of our spiritual health and growth.
There’s another reason our Christian communities are so important to us and the writer of Psalm 42 hints at it. When he wrote this Psalm, the writer was troubled to the point of being depressed, and he knew that what he needed was time with God. He needed to be helped and healed by God.
Well, God does His best work in our lives through the ministry of other Christians. He uses other Christians to minister to us. Therefore, during those times when we are struggling and even depressed, we need to be with our church family so God can use them to bless us.
Today is Saturday, tomorrow is Sunday. When your church family gathers tomorrow there will be those who are hurting and struggling and who will need extra care and attention. I encourage you to be aware of them. Pay attention to people and be there for them. Give others the gift of your presence and let God use you to minister to them. Tomorrow at church there will be someone who needs you. Will you be there for them?
(Join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church every Sunday at 10:00. Join us in-person if you are nearby or, if you are geographically distant or if you are a shut-in, join us online at http://www.YouTube.com/oakhillbaptistcrossville)
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