TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
“You who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness”
Galatians 6:1 (ESV)
GETTING BACK ON TRACK WITH GROUPS
One of my favorite toys growing up was a slot car race track. You could lay the track out in lots of different shapes. And if you had a fancy track you might have loops or cars with headlights. The remote was pretty simple. There was no steering. All you could control was the speed and the harder you pushed the button the faster the car would go. And eventually the faster you went the car would go speeding around a corner and flying off the track. In reality we probably spent more time putting the car back on the track then we did actually racing.
On Sunday, Pastor Mike shared how important small groups were in helping us get our lives back on track spiritually. Galatians 6:1 encourages us to “restore” each other. The word for “restore” was used by doctors in Bible times to describe setting a broken bone, making it straight again or restoring it to its former condition. We are encouraged to help each other get back to a healthy spiritual place and we should do it in a spirit of gentleness.
This means we shouldn’t ignore sin in each other’s lives. We shouldn’t pretend nothing is wrong. That doesn’t help anybody either. Ignoring a broken bone only makes it worse, not better! So it is when we ignore sin in a person’s life. It doesn’t make it better; it makes it worse! Instead, we must care enough to help each other address the sin in our lives, and do it with a spirit of gentleness.
Sometimes we go away to college and get off track spiritually. Sometimes we get so focused on our career or difficult seasons of life tempt us to walk away. There are a lot of reasons we may have gotten off track spiritually. The good news is if you’re ready to get back on track spiritually our church has over 80 small groups that meet on different days of the week and at different times that are great places to start the journey to getting back on track. Start by talking to God about it and then talk to a group of caring believers about getting where you want to be spiritually.