February 20, 2014
Sit in any Starbucks for any length of time and you will see a host of different people come and go. For that matter, sit in a park, city bench or grocery store for any length of time and you will have the same experience. It is amazing how different we all are all from one another. The next thing I would observe is that we are all very aware of these differences and then consciously or unconsciously go about grouping ourselves around those we share the most in common with or are most alike.
We are in the middle of a series at church entitled #lovechurch. One of the things I love about our church is how very different we all are from one another. Apart from the church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ we would most likely not connect, relate, or get to know most of the people we come to know and love in the church. Left to our own devices we will gravitate to that which is common and comfortable for us.
There is something about the Gospel, the love of Jesus, and our love for Jesus that tears down those walls and opens the door for relationships that so enrich our lives. So, I have to ask you; Are you regularly attending church and find that you still only maintain relationships that fit your demographic or your style or normal circle? If so, I would challenge you to take advantage of one of the great attributes of church - the opportunity to break out of the normal confines of relationship and expand your relational connections with those you share nothing in common with except our awesome Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Expand your circle!