1 Corinthians 12:25-26 reminds us that there should be no division in the body of Christ. It reminds us to extend empathy, sympathy, and honor towards one another. We need to consider how we are valuing those around us. Is there someone in your faith community that you may have begun to gossip about, shame or judge because of disagreements, or exclude because they are not like you? Take some time out to gauge the levels of empathy, sympathy, and honor you show towards those in your faith community. Lift them up in prayer, and if needed, ask the Lord to help you make some changes toward unity.
We as the Church, want to love people right where they’re at. We want to show them grace and mercy, bring justice, and work for reconciliation. We can show reconciliation to others by extending an attitude and words that reflect patience, forgiveness, and empathy. How many of our disagreements, misunderstandings, feelings of bitterness, and lack of forgiveness in the body of Christ would disappear if we looked at our conflict in light of the Lord’s example? Read over 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 and think about how Christ reconciled you in His gracious love. Extend that same grace to others in your life—near and far.
One of the greatest things we can do for our community is be a great church. Where else can people from all walks of life with so many differences go where they’re loved and accepted just as they are? Where else do they hear a message about how much God loves them? We as Christ followers need to tear down barriers and make it easy & enjoyable to get connected to faith community. As you read over Acts 15:19, think about what you can do to help pave the way in creating more spaces for more faces. Take time to pray and ask God to lead you to one person that you can invite to church this Sunday and then go for it!
We must remember who we are and where we’re going as a Church. We need to be a Church that’s FOR our city. During your lunch break/later in the evening, take a quick walk around the block and think of all the people that dwell in spaces nearby. As you walk, pray for those that live behind the doors you see. Ask the Lord, in prayer, to surround them with people (like you) who will help point them to Jesus as they journey through life. Read over 1 Timothy 2:1-4 and write out some ways you can create pathways to salvation/life change for those near you. Reach out to a trusted friend and share your ideas with them!
Matthew 5:14-16 reveals that we are to be light in this world—not hiding our light under a lamp or a bowl. Instead, we should let the light of the Lord shine through all we do so that others can see Him in us. Make some time today to reach out to three people in your circle of influence and encourage them. Offer to pray for them and let them know how much you value them. Bless them in your thoughts, words, and actions. Widen the circle of faith relationships just a bit more and invite them to join us at the Eikon Pool Party this Sunday at the Kyle City Pool! You can find more information at eikonchurch.com/events.
TALK IT OVER
- How did you celebrate Memorial Day?
- What do you love to do to bless others?
- What is the most meaningful thing someone has done to bless you?
- How would you answer Rabbi Akiva’s questions: Who are you? What are you doing here?
- As part of the body of Christ, what are you passionate about contributing to the world around you that points people to Jesus?
- What are some practical ways we can help our neighbors?
- Who are some specific people in your circle of influence that we can pray for together this week?