It’s very late Sunday night. Well, actually, it’s very early Monday morning when I started writing this post. I was just about to call it a day and head off to bed. But before I did, I wanted to pause to offer a little pastoral thought.
You see, this past weekend was a busy weekend. No more busy than others we have had in the past. We have a lot of busy weekends. But what made this weekend so nice was the kind of busyness we scheduled. Usually our weekends are filled with caravanning kids from one sporting event to another and there was some of that. But this weekend was also filled with people.
Sure we still had some caravanning, but the bulk of our weekend was filled with people. On each of the past four evenings; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and even Monday, we have spent precious time with families either from our church, our neighborhood, or the larger community.
Each evening offered a unique opportunity to catch up, get to know, and to be encouraged. There was food and conversation. There were kids; lots of kids! And there was all the glorious chaos that comes when multiple families gather.
So why was this busyness a good busy? Because people lead to relationships. And relationships lead to belonging.
The Apostle Paul says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” “(Romans 10:14, 15 NIV)
If we are to make disciples of all nations, then we must be actively pursuing relationships with people.
You have a neighbor. Does this neighbor know of the love and grace of God? Has this neighbor ever had the opportunity to experience, or witness the faithfulness of God? What if the sole reason they are your neighbor is for you to share your story of God’s love with them?
You see, Paul asks the question, How will they believe if no one ever tells them?
When you make the time to be with people, you create the opportunity to begin a new relationship. And every time to spend time with that person, you build upon the relationship. And as you build upon the relationship, you are able to speak and live Love into the life of this person.
No one likes to be busy for the purpose of being busy. But when your “busyness” is for the purpose of growing the Family of God, is it really busy? I don’t think so. I think it becomes a sweet demonstration of God’s grace in our lives.
Take the time to meet and know people. Fill up your time with opportunities to love them. And see how God uses you to change the lives of those around you.