Reflection: If I could follow Jesus without you I would, no offense.
Just Jesus and me nailing life on my terms without the inconvenience of other people.
But I note that God has other ideas – meet together, spur one another on toward love and good deeds, encourage one another. And not just spur one another on, but consider how we may spur one another on! Give it some thought! Throw in some creativity!
So, let me spur you on. Imagine me as a nimble cheerleader, a shouty coach at the side of the mat, a sports fan leaning over the barricade screaming at you… whatever takes your fancy, and hear this.
“You are known. You are precious. You are loved.
You are invited to the party. You are invited into God’s story.
I need you, because without you I cannot flourish.
You belong. You were masterfully created.
Give it to God. He’s got this.
Let’s know each other, let’s live in the fullness of life that God intends.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the gift of community. Show us today who we can encourage.