You are No Longer Outcasts

Someone once described a church as a group of porcupines in a snowstorm: we need each other to keep warm, but the closer we get, the more we poke each other — and the more uncomfortable we become.

But of course, it shouldn’t be that way. A church should be a place of warmth and fellowship, a place where even the newest member or latest visitor feels welcome and at home. Is this true in your church? Simply attending a worship service doesn’t automatically mean closer relationships with others.

If you are an old-timer in your church, go out of your way to welcome visitors and new members. And if you are a visitor or new member, make a special effort to get to know people. What Bible classes are held? Does a group of people your age meet regularly? Don’t depend only on one worship service a week to help you meet people or grow closer to Christ.

If this step sounds a little daunting, remember that your best Friend of all — Jesus Christ — will be with you each step of the way.

And so you are no longer called outcasts and wanderers but citizens with God’s people, members of God’s holy family, and residents of His household— Ephesians 2:19 (The Voice)

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Your Turn

Most of us have a church story that relates to the porcupines in a snowstorm analogy. And yet, we in the Body of Christ need each other; we need to fellowship with one another; we need to support each other and grow in Christlikeness together. Are you involved in your local church community? What steps can you take this week to connect with other believers in your community?

Source : Billy Graham

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