“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,” Acts [2:46]
» “I just don’t have time to spend with other people.”
» “My life is just too busy.”
» “Who has time to invest in anyone else?”
I wonder how many members of the early church felt like they were too busy to devote themselves to the advancement of the Gospel? What if Peter had thought, “I’d love to speak truth into dozens of people who need Jesus, but I’ve got so many things going on with my family right now…I’m just swamped.” Sounds crazy, right?
The church in Acts didn’t feel like they had to spend time together. They couldn’t imagine not spending time together. It was essential to their spiritual survival!
What we see in Acts is not God forcing His followers to hang out together. It’s His children fulfilling their own longing for community by hanging out together. While spending time with others can sometimes feel like work, when you force yourself into community, you’re often thankful you did. In fact, it’s often so rich that you can’t wait to do it again!
If you think you’re too busy to spend time with your church family during the week start with a meal. Invite someone to eat with you. (We all need to eat, right?) Relationships don’t grow without spending time together, so take advantage of your mealtimes and use them to build God’s Church.
God, thank you for the gift of fellowship. Help me desire it more and use it to shape me and others to be more like Your Son Jesus. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 Peter 2:1-12