FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
GROUPS HELP US STAY FAITHFUL
Pastor John Ortberg asks us to imagine picking your car up from the shop after a routine tune-up. The technician tells you, “This car is in great shape. Clearly you have an automotive genius to take great care of your car.” Later that day, your brakes don’t work. You find out you were out of brake fluid. You could have died.
You go back to the shop, and you say, “Why didn’t you tell me?” The technician replies, “Well, I didn’t want you to feel bad. Plus, to be honest, I was afraid you might get upset with me. I want this to be a safe place where you feel loved and accepted.” You’d be furious! You’d say, “I didn’t come here for a little fantasy-based ego boost! When it comes to my car, I want the truth.” (John Ortberg, Loving Enough to Speak the Truth)
Small groups can be the place where we get our spiritual tune-ups. On Sunday Pastor Mike reminded us that isolation is the #1 enemy of our faith. We need people in our lives who will tell us the truth in love. We also need people in our lives who will encourage us when we get weary.
Is there an area of your life where you currently feel “weary?” Who do you have in your life who will encourage you? Who do you have in our life who can help you with spiritual tuneups? If you don’t have help in these areas come this Sunday to our small group open house and start the journey to growing in a group.