“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.”
– Mark 6:30
For the last couple of days, we’ve talked about two of the three habits we see Jesus model as we study His life — solitude and Scripture memorization — and today, I want to talk about the third practice He exercised consistently, and that is gathering in community. Our Lord was not a loner. While He enjoyed extended periods of solitude, the purpose of those times was to bring Him back to people. He came to lay down His life for others, and He continually poured Himself out to His followers and gleaned strength from being with friends. His first miracle was performed at a wedding feast, and there He joined in a joyful days-long celebration and partook in all the festivities. He clearly understood the importance of having fun, but He also knew the significance of community in the hardest moments. When His soul was in anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked Peter, James, and John to accompany Him and uphold Him in prayer. He also gathered frequently with the twelve to share life and enjoy a meal — even on the night before He was captured. Our Lord undeniably found strength in relationships, and if we want to live with divine impact, we should do the same!
My friend, make a habit of gathering with other people. First and foremost, find belonging in a local congregation, and plant yourself there so you can be edified by “doing life” in the Body of Christ. Then, build and maintain deep and meaningful connections with fellow Christians who can spur you on and set you straight when you wander off God’s path. Also, make time for fun and fellowship — gather to share a meal or grab coffee, and set aside moments to celebrate important milestones. Be intentional in your relationships with others and know that they have the power to reveal your Savior’s love in fresh and powerful ways!
Jesus, impress upon my heart the importance of community, and open doors for me to cultivate meaningful relationships with people.
Is connection with others reflected on your calendar? Why or why not?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
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Yes most definitely.But there is still a risk of me getting the virus and transmitting it to my sister. Eventhough I got the two dose,shots of the Pfizer vaccine and feel fully protected. I do not want to take any chances. So that’s why I am waiting until it is safe for me to resume my duties as lector. I know that the congregation at St Catherine of Siena loves hearing me read but how can I know for sure whether all of them were fully vaccinated against Covid -19′ and all those highly contagious variants.I am still going to lay low and watch out for my own health and that of Linda.She is in the high risk category because of problems with her breathing and usage of oxygen. I hope and pray that more and more people will say yes to the vaccines and the positivity rates will start trending downward. But for now. It is not the time to let our guard down. We need to still practice safe guidelines and watch out for everybody. May God bless all at Hour of Power and Shepherd’s Grove with abundant good health and happiness. To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family much love and warm thoughts.I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ. Be not afraid. For God goes before you. Amen