Welcome to the first post in my new series! Every so often I am going to be sharing a little reflection from what is going on in my world. For awhile I have felt like my blog only reflects one aspect of who I am. In many ways I am continually growing and changing as a person (just like everyone else!). Things like my style and preferences evolve a little bit each day, but there is one aspect of me that never changes and that is my relationship with God.
To be honest I haven’t really been sure how to share this side of me on the blog. I don’t want to offend anyone (and I hope I don’t!), but I also want you guys to get to know the REAL me… and that means sharing everything. I see many bloggers who leave their religious affiliations out of their posts and I respect that. For awhile I even considered doing the same, but a huge part of my life is my relationship with God. Being a Christian has shaped who I am today and the decisions I have made over the years.
I also absolutely LOVE music, and I want to begin to share this with you guys as well! Over the past few years I have seen the Lord use music in my life as a beautiful way to draw me closer to Him and remind me of how dearly He loves me. I am blessed and humbled to lead worship for my church family. Let me tell you how completely unskilled I feel standing up there! I have been dragging my feet for almost a year now knowing that He has called me to worship ministry but I was afraid. Just like I was afraid to write a post like this for everyone to see.
This morning, I decided to pull up the online recording from our church back home and catch up on the message I missed while on a the first leg of our flight, and I’m really glad I did. It’s part of the reason I am writing this post!
In Romans 15:7, Paul tells the church:
“Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.”
The translation of the word receive is friendship. And if I am honest, I can say I’m not the best at making friendship a priority. Many times I see all the ways I am NOT like the person next to me. And that keeps me from seeing what we have in common. The church is such a beautiful place because it brings together a group of people who otherwise probably wouldn’t meet. Each has a different upbringing, way of living, and age, but the common denominator is Christ.
I can see, and am guilty of stopping there. Of only investing in those around me during the few hours we are together on a Sunday morning. Or when it comes to those within the church, not seeking it out at all. We are called not only to be like-minded in our faith but also to be invested in one another’s life. So invested that we can support each other and in the end glorify our father. This verse is a reminder to seek out the commonality we with others and invest in friendship. Just like Jesus invested in His Disciples.
If you’re like me this might be a bit challenging! It isn’t the easiest thing to invest in those who aren’t “like you”. I find myself spending the most time with people similar to me because its EASY. And that of course is an escape. We are called to invest in our brothers and sisters and share the love of God with everyone. Lets make it a point this week to do just that! To break out of our shell and get to know one another on a deeper level. Not just whats on the surface.
That’s it for this week! Stay tuned as I share my thoughts through these “Sunday Reflections.” Let me know how you will begin to make it a priority to invest in others in your life? How will you live out the great commission by being deeply rooted and pouring His love into those around you?