As we continue in this season, there is an ever present temptation to disengage. We tell ourselves it is due to COVID and its effects. While that is true, it is not the full story. There is always a temptation to place the Church and life together therein on a back burner. Sometimes it is due to the sacrifices asked of us, at other times it’s the vulnerability required, or it could be the need to reprioritize in order to more fully engage.
In the letter to the Hebrews long ago this very issue is called out. Don’t neglect to meet together, for it is there we stir one another up to love and good works. Each day the Day of Jesus’ return is drawing closer. In every age there is a temptation to disengage and distance from the Church. Yet, when we do it is to the detriment of our souls as well as those within the Household of Faith.
We need one another to learn, grow, and be spurred on in the Faith. In these times we have to get creative. Doing so is not a one size fits all. Some of our groups have met digitally over Zoom, while others have had such ‘screen fatigue’ that they meet in driveways or the church parking lot. We must persevere, be present, and push through the temptation and the lies of the Enemy that we are not missed, have nothing to contribute or will be fine on our own. None of those are truths!
In the weeks to come in creative ways we will launch into the fall. As you see those offerings upcoming, I pray you will engage. I pray you will make time to join in, offer what insights you have in small groups and Bible studies, block off time in your calendar for those offerings and be spurred on in the Faith while spurring others on toward that end. You are valued, missed and loved!