Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
It is so important to be a witness and share Christ’s love wherever you go. We are called to minister to the lost. To plant churches. To show the world Jesus within us. However, we cannot forget how critically important it is to take care of the actual church and its members. A church building should be well taken care of. The upkeep of the church is a reflection of how much its members respect and revere God’s house. The building doesn’t have to be fancy, but we should take pride in the upkeep of the outside and inside. This is our safe place, our home. We want it to feel warm and welcoming to our current and future members. Our building is only as strong as its members, which is why it is so important to foster relationships within those four walls. We really need to form a vested interest in the families that we are fellowshipping with from week to week. We need to be faithful to pray for each other in the good times and the bad. We need to be ready and willing to lend a hand, and we need to really get to know each other. In the last year or so I have been lucky enough to grow extremely close to the ladies in my Sunday School class. They are always just a text message away when I have a prayer request. Their hearts are so good, and I am thankful for the friendships that God is nurturing through studying His word and opening up our hearts to one another. These ladies lift up my spirits. They are trustworthy, dedicated individuals that pour their hearts into the church, their families, and their community every week. We are all very different, yet we are all the same. Close groups like this throughout the church are so important. We are a support system like no other. We help each other grow, learn, love, and lean on Jesus. They are my flock. My tribe. I am so thankful that God has placed them in my life, and I pray that anyone reading this today will get connected with a group within their church that has their back. A group that loves them like a family. A group that will help them grow in Christ every single week.
Dear God, thank you for my beautiful church and the people within the four walls. Please bless everyone on the grounds committee that makes certain the outside is pristine from week to week. Thank you for all the volunteers that clean the inside as well. And thank you for my flock. My ladies that I call on when I need prayer. Please bless them abundantly. Amen.