GOT A MIN?
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another [Christian] is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2 (NLT)
Think for a moment about the various organizations, clubs, groups, or programs with which you have an “official” membership or affiliation. You carry their “card,” you have “signed up,” passed the test, met the requirements, or have paid the dues! You are in! As a result you have exclusive access to the discounts, programs, offerings, certain rights, and privileges. Regardless of the membership you have perks that provide you with status and opportunity. It can certainly feel good to be included in a select group and to be aware of your status. And there is nothing wrong with achievements or attainments, memberships or clubs. However, there is a caveat. The caution is the bravado, the attitude, or the slow drift away from concern for others. Especially if those “others” are not as tenured, elevated, accomplished, or competitive. In our achievement-oriented culture, success requires a persistent and often demanding pace forward.
But wait just a minute—what about those who were in group but got left behind, stopped pursuing, were sidetracked, or derailed? Do you still think about them? It may sound a little odd, but do you get concerned when the guy, who repeatedly beats you in golf, stops showing up for Saturday morning tee times? How about the brainiac that is no longer a part of the cohort? Were you bummed out to find the hordes hogging the cardio-machines were no longer there the first week in February? Have you considered God has strategically positioned you to reach people in your special group, not just compete with them? Maybe he has brought you into their lives on purpose, a providential inconvenience?!
We are all on a journey spiritually and none of us has arrived yet. At times we may need to stop during our trek and look around. Being a follower of Christ is a special group. Jesus paid a substantial amount to get you in and still intercedes on our behalf covering our daily failings. Think of those who were once beside you walking on the same path but are no longer visible. Can you think of a believer who may have been left behind for one reason or another as you “picked up the pace” in your spiritual pursuit?
Practical Application: Meditate on Psalm 55:14 and ask the Lord to bring to mind a believer that you can contact, support, encourage, or pray for in the next week.