Friday, October 09, 2015 • 10:48

Like-minded in Christianity

March 12, 2014
I have a confession to make. I haven't been to church in three weeks. Not because I don't want to go, I just have been letting life get in the way. Last weekend, it was the need to get mulch down in the garden beds, the week before I was down sick with a virus. Three weeks ago one of my kids had a project for school that had been left until the last minute. Other than not wanting to expose the entire congregation at my church to a nasty illness, there really isn't a valid excuse for my not getting up and getting my family to church.

I can tell when I haven't been to church for a while. It's not like my life is falling down around me, it's more of the little things. Maybe my fuse is a little shorter; maybe things just don't go the way I want or need them to or maybe it's nothing definite I can put my finger on. I feel just a little out of sorts when I miss church.

Fellowship is important when you talk about growth in Christ. I have always heard that you should surround yourself with like-minded people and I believe that is a true statement. My church-going friends just seem to "get it" when I talk about my faith. Those who aren't churchgoers don't always understand where I am coming from when I talk about something like forgiving someone who has wronged me. My like-minded friends understand where I am coming from.

Philippians 2:2 tells us "then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." I Peter 3:8 says, "Finally, all of you, be like minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble."

It sounds to me that being like-minded in Christ is something that we should strive to be. Showing others compassion, love and sympathy is not a difficult thing to do and perhaps if we all showed more of those qualities this world would be a better place.

Another thing that occurs to me as I write this column is how important fellowship and worship with like-minded people really is to spiritual well-being.

Acts 2:42 tells us, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Colossians 3:16 says "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

Matthew 18:20 is perhaps the most powerful verse to me when I think about worshipping in fellowship with other believers in Christ. "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them."

The Bible is full of verses regarding worship, giving us guidance on that aspect of our lives. God doesn't care if you worship in a mega-church or a field out on the back forty. He just wants us all to worship together and spread the Word.

He gave his only son for you and I. Life didn't get in the way when God created the earth or when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. I think the least I can do is make sure life doesn't get in my way on Sunday mornings.

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