I have been thinking a lot lately about the importance of spending time with others. That is due in part to the recent loss of a person very dear to my heart and to the undeniable fact that I am turning 60! And His Word also encourages us to get together. I want to spend more time with old friends and get to know some new folks better, too, and I hope you will join me in this endeavor.
Several of us are reading through the New Testament this year and are currently in the book of Matthew. I was drawn by the thought in Mt. 18 that the Lord is very aware of when His children get together!
“What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” (Matthew 18:18-20 MSG)
“And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” I love that! The Lord loves it when His children get together – whether it’s to pray and talk about the things of God, or for fun and fellowship. He’s in it! I want to do more of that this year! I don’t want to take what time I have left on this earth for granted. I love getting together with God’s people. I love hearing what the Lord is doing or seeing what prayers need to be spoken for others or just laughing together and rejoicing in all the Lord has done for us.
I am reminded of one of my favorite verses in Malachi, where, again, the Lord shows how much He loves His people getting together.
“Then those whose lives honored God got together and talked it over. God saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God’s presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down, all the names of those who honored God’s name. (Malachi 3:16 MSG)
This year, Lord willing, I plan to have more times of getting together with more of God’s children: in particular those who attend our church family! There are new folks we need to get to know, and plenty of regulars to get to know better!
Perhaps you would like to join me on this new adventure. I am going to add in one new thing a month for 2013- whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner with some folks I love chatting with at church or visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home. Some other ways I plan to connect include just calling and saying hello to someone in my small group, meeting someone for a cup of coffee, or having some new folks over for dinner. I would love to hear some of your ideas and also, ask me how I am doing – hold me accountable! 🙂
Will you join me in my “once a month – do something new”? Let’s strive to get out from in front of the tv, computer, our comfort zone, and comfy homes, and get together with others, knowing the Lord is right in the middle of it and loving every second of it – “taking minutes and writing down all our names in His book!” Isn’t that a great thought? 🙂