Rachel Held Evans once said, “The church is not a group of people who believe all the same things; the church is a group of people caught up in the same story, with Jesus at the center.” We are reminded in Romans 15:5-13 the importance of accepting one another. Take time out this week to listen to someone else’s story of a life experience without interrupting—pay attention & put yourself in their shoes. If you feel compelled, go ahead and pray for them after you thank them for sharing their story with you. Ask the Lord in prayer if there is anything you can do to show love and acceptance towards that person and go for it!
Many people will be celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend surrounded by family members and laughter. However, some won’t. Some people in your workplace or community may have lost their mother or may be trying to manage an unhealthy relationship with their mother. If that’s someone you know, take time out this week to write, text, or call them with tender and thoughtful encouragement. Write down their name and the words to Galatians 6:2 on a sticky note and post it in a visible spot around your home or vehicle so that you can remember to pray for them throughout the week/end.
In Romans 12:10 we are reminded to be devoted to one another, but that requires getting up-close-and-personal. Kristen Ivy—a ministry leader in Atlanta—once posed this question: “What if the opposite of being personal is being shallow?” She pointed out that in the church we like to say that we are deep, but more often than not, we prefer to keep our relationships at a ‘surface level.’ Think of one person in your community, workplace, or in the church that you could set up a coffee chat with. Take time to get to know them and dedicate some time this week to praying for your relationship with them to grow.
We know from personal experience and the truth found in 1 John 1:9 that the Lord is faithful and just to forgive us. However, we sometimes lack the desire to extend forgiveness to others. Ephesians 4:32 reminds us of the importance of reflecting God’s heart for forgiveness as the Church. If there is someone in your life that you have had a difficult time extending forgiveness to, pray through that verse, inserting that person’s name into it. Then reach out to that person and extend forgiveness to them as God in Christ forgave you.
At Eikon, we believe that life is better when you live it together! Acts 2:46-47 backs that belief and reminds us of the importance of getting connected with others in a faith community. If you are not connected to a Small Group and would like to be, head over to www.eikonchurch.com/groups and find a tribe to call your own. Can’t find one that fits your schedule or needs? Take some time to prayerfully consider starting a group of your own. It doesn’t have to be complicated or involve a massive crowd—dare to embrace a lifestyle of “one-anothering one another” through Small Group connections at Eikon!
TALK IT OVER
- What is your favorite hobby?
- What is your favorite type of books to read?
- What is your favorite TV show to watch?
- How has connecting with others in faith community benefitted you?
- How have you been able to live out Galatians 6:2 in your personal life or through Small Groups?
- Why do you think Jesus put such a big emphasis on nurturing relationships?
- Is there someone in your workplace that is in need of a friend who can love, accept, care for, forgive, and encourage them?
- Who do you know that you could invite to be a part of your tribe to help them grow in their faith?