It’s easy for us in 21st century America to take church for granted and approach it casually, but we miss out on a lot if we do. There are many exhortations in Scripture about how to be involved in church, and much depth of connection to be experienced by living wholeheartedly in relationship with one another and Jesus.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12: 9-11
Monday: Imagine how our churches would look if each of us sincerely loved our fellow believers, even (especially) when we disagree. Let’s ask God to increase our love for one another.
Tuesday: How can we hate what is evil and still cling to what is good? Let’s pray for wisdom, discernment, and the grace to love as God loves.
Wednesday: How can we live out devotion for one another in daily life? What does that look like in today’s society? How would devotion to others change what we do and how we spend our time?
Thursday: What makes it hard to honor others above ourselves? Today let’s ask God to search our hearts to show us the ways we seek honor for ourselves, instead of honoring others.
Friday: We know our focus should be on the Lord, but it is so easy to get distracted in all sorts of ways. Let’s pray today and every day that through the Holy Spirit, God would maintain our zeal and spiritual fervor to seek and serve him.
Saturday: Let’s take time today to prepare our hearts and schedules to gather for worship tomorrow. What do we need to do today to be wholeheartedly ready to focus on Jesus and love and honor one another tomorrow?