Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Today’s Devotional Tidbit – March 9, 2005
Last Saturday evening, we had a great time of fellowship with the Aggies for Christ (members of the campus ministry at Texas A&M University). It was an encouraging, exciting time, for these college age kids and the youth group at our congregation. This didn’t happen on a typical “church day” of Sunday or Wednesday.
I believe we should be like the Christians in the early church. While many aspects of the first century church are easily replicated, such as gospel preaching and teaching, other areas are neglected or simply spurned. I find many congregations lack true fellowship between brothers and sisters in Christ. For those of you who belong to a congregation where fellowship does not exist, superficially exists, or is in need of an overhaul, take hope. God wants your congregation to succeed. I think a congregation that lets its members experience genuine caring fellowship, is succeeding at real Christianity.
Look at the church from the first century. A description is found in Acts 2:46: “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts”. There were sincere relationships in the early church. We should have opportunities to fellowship outside of our normal services like our congregation provided last Saturday night. There are many ways members can get to know, and love one another more. Make it happen. Begin with prayer, put forth an effort, or in other words, “just do it!”
In small groups, devotionals, and one on one friendships, there are more opportunities for us to grow spiritually, share our hurts, our dreams, our praises, and more opportunities to help others when they need us. In the devotional and singing we participated in last Saturday evening, our youth minister was in need of prayer. We found out his daughter was very sick. She was out of town with mommy and our youth minister shared with us his worry. We prayed for his daughter and for him. Hugs were exchanged, and he was shown genuine concern by us all. Our youth minister was ministered to specifically that evening. My wife and I were encouraged by becoming one step closer to our friends and by the uplifting songs we sang to God. Many others were encouraged for other reasons.
The main point I would like to leave you with is that this occurred on a Saturday evening, a time outside the normal “worship service.” I believe a lot of real ministry happens on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Those are extremely important days of the week for Christians.
May God bless you this week,