Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. (Romans 12:10 NASB)
Find parking. Smile at greeters. Grab a bulletin. Find a seat. Give a cordial greeting to the person next to you. Sing (or not). Listen to the sermon. Leave as soon as possible to beat traffic. Evaluate how “good” the service was. Back to real life.
This seems to be the weekly experience for so many of us who “go to church.” As for the people we interact with, we may pick up a few friends along the way but for the most part, our experience is often primarily a network of loosely connected, cordial relationships.
Most would agree that this isn’t the extent of God’s desire for us as a community of Christians. So how can we do our part in creating the kind of church culture that God intends?
Here are some questions to think about: How can you use your time this week to actively invest in the relationships you have with people from our church? What needs and desires have you observed in our church? What decisions do you need to make in order to prioritize those interests ahead of your own?