Yesterday, we talked about the amazing truth that Jesus chooses to make His home in us, His followers. Thus, when two or more of us gather together, we experience His presence and see new facets of His love through others. In fact, as I write this, I can’t help but remember the wonderful get-togethers at my Grandpa and Grandma Schuller’s house as I was growing up. Though ours was a big family and we didn’t all see each other often, when we gathered at Christmas and Easter, there was a wonderful sense of warmth and worship (my Grandma even had an organ built in the dining room so we could sing together at meals). I dealt with a lot coming from a divorced household and going back and forth between two parents, but when I was there, it tended to fade away. I knew that I belonged, and it was very powerful. Those moments really did shape my life, and they also taught me the power of hospitality in the family of God. Though not everyone knows the joy of having a large and loving earthly tribe, as believers, all of us have the gift of being part of the Body of Christ. And no matter what we’re dealing with individually, when we come together in fellowship and unity, we’re supernaturally empowered and lovingly encouraged.
My friend, God loves gatherings, and He’s given you the honor of being part of a family that’s bigger and more diverse than you can fathom. When you meet with your brothers and sisters in Christ, His presence joins you there, and you are bound together by the power of His Spirit. Though being with others doesn’t alleviate your troubles, it reminds you that you are not alone, and this is what truly matters. So whether it’s attending church, connecting in a small group, or sharing the company of friends and loved ones, don’t forsake gathering, and when you do, always invite Jesus to be in your midst!