Have you heard about the loneliness epidemic? Recent studies reveal that even though we are more connected than ever due to technology, somehow we are growing more and more isolated and consequently, more lonely.
It is a post-modern paradox. We are connected, yet so disconnected.
Would you agree that this relational crisis presents a great opportunity for the church to step up and lead the way in helping people re-connect? I do. After all, when it comes down to it, restoring broken relationships is what the Christian faith is all about.
Through Jesus, our relationship with God can be reconciled and restored (II Cor. 5:18-21). And through Jesus, so can our relationships with one another become what God intends for them to be: real, meaningful, and inspiring.
Hebrews 10 describes the ideal scenario for the church:
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT)
In other words, among Christians there should be less “me” and more “we.” Following Jesus is a personal journey indeed, but it is also very much a group exercise.
The longer I live the more I appreciate the difference between life in relationship with others versus life without those relationships. I am amazed how after spending just a few minutes in authentic interaction with another person, I walk away refreshed and empowered by the exchange.
Even as an introvert who gets energy from time alone, I must admit that I am better when I go out of my way to be with others. It may sound cliché, but you and I are better together.
So, I pray that you have a plan to connect soon with a church, to assemble with other believers like yourself. If you happen to be nearby, you’re sure welcome at my church. We are by no means the biggest or best, but we are growing together.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.