Last week I wrote about the importance and the desire of humans to have community with each other. It is in our DNA. The best times we remember in our lives are relationship centered as are our worst memories. Most of you know I am a motorcycle rider. I am not really a serious biker. I have not taken a long cross country ride. I don’t ride when it is too hot or too cold. And I have never been to Sturgis. For those who don’t know, Sturgis is the most huge bike rally of the year. It is a full week in a nowhere place where thousands and thousands of motorcycle riders come from all over the world to…to…be bikers. Yes…All you need is a motorcycle and you are accepted as a biker brother or sister. (Scooters don’t count) It is going on this next week. They party all week and look at each others bikes. (Small print..The writer of this note does not recommend or endorse many of the things that go on at a bike rally.)
But…the best thing that happens when a biker, even a not so serious biker, meets another biker is acceptance. Young, old, dirty, clean, Christian, non-Christian, white collar, blue collar…the bike is the center of the relationship. It is the pass to acceptance. The bike is the common ground that makes one biker respect and present kindness to another biker.
If I am not a serious biker then why do I ride one? It is fun, relaxing, and I enjoy the brotherhood that one has when meeting a stranger with nothing in common but their motorcycles. It is easier to make friends with people in which you have something in common. Hobbies, sports, or kids or whatever.
As believers in Christ. As followers of our Savior. We have the chance to take friendship to a much higher level. As Christ follower the Holy Spirit comes into the center of our being. When two or more of us connect…..the benefit of that Holy Spirit connection can be supernatural. A Holy Spirit sharing friendship makes for a relationship more than just friends. It puts us in a situation where we are on a journey together doing the work of God and empowered by His Spirit. The result is more than a mutual admiration. The outcome of a Christian to Christian relationship the way a Christian relationship is supposed to be helps us each go to another level of maturity as a believer.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Prov 27:17
God put the church together so we can do more than have friends with Christianity in common. It is the job of the church and the leaders of the church to: equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
The goal of Christian relationships through the church is maturing through obedience of God’s Word and serving together.
Are you connected? Are you involved in the body of believers in a local church? At Life Connection Church there are plenty of places to connect. It is up to you to make the connection. If you want to take your relationship with Christ to a higher level, then you can do it through your relationships in the church in which we know, love, serve and celebrate the lives of each other.
Join us this Saturday at 6PM. We will be looking at one of the most powerful parables told by Jesus. In this one short parable Jesus lays out who He is and why He came to earth. And how confused some people can be about Him.