We had just left a conference where I had been blown away by an amazing speaker. The group of us were silent, assuming that each, like I was lost in my own thoughts over what we had just heard.
The car ride was silent except for the brief discussion over where we should eat. Upon arriving at the restaurant and settling in with our orders the conversation livened up to chatter on the latest celebrity gossip, that great new sushi bar around the corner, why the new fall fashions are really just a repeat from last season.
I listened politely to the conversation while my mind was still reeling from the speaker. I waited for a break in the conversation before I jumped in with “So were any of you as convicted and challenged as I was over what she said?”
Silence. Nervous sips of tea.
Eventually one of the ladies spoke up and said “It made me think that I should be more intentional with my faith”
Someone excused themselves to the restroom.
A deep yawn from another who said “Oh, it’s getting late it’s hard to think and process these things when I’m tired” I acknowledged that she was probably right and I leaned back in my chair. The conversation soon returned to less important things like reality T.V., new diets and vacation plans.
This incident has rolled around in my heart for quite some time now. It’s probably true that I’m being harder on these gals then they deserve, but I think what happened here indicative of our current Christian culture.
We have weakened the idea of fellowship and relegated it to girl’s night out, a cup of coffee together and yes, even conferences. The persecuted churches around the world risk their lives for true fellowship while we casually sip on our tea and make meaningless conversation.
I long for true fellowship
And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 Holman
Our concern should be for each other in a way that makes the rest of the world wonder what they are missing, it should be our habit to meet together – not because we really need to get away for a night, but because we need to encourage each other and be encouraged by each other, the foundation of this encouragement should come from God’s word, building each other up in their calling and challenging each other in our faith.
I love times with certain friends where we can share each other’s burdens and point each other to Christ. I love to be reminded of how big my God is. I enjoy the laughter that comes from a great story about the life that God has given each of us.
That is true fellowship.
I leave those times feeling full.
All of us are busy, our time is precious. I would rather spend the few hours I occasionally get with friends in meaningful fun conversation, where I have the opportunity to truly invest in what’s important to them then I would knowing who is going to star in the next great new movie.
That night offered me the opportunity to really think about my friendships and challenged me to be more intentional with who and how I spend my time. I want it to matter.
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