We live in such a transient society. People move in and out of neighborhoods as frequently as migrating geese. Believers change churches and seek new homes for fellowship and worship every week. In military towns, such as ours, we see whole families come and go every few years. It’s hard for them to adjust to new friendships, new personalities, and new lives. Sometimes it is so difficult when they leave a great family of Believers that they can’t even muster the energy to visit in a new area, (That’s what church visitation is for).
As Christians, it is our responsibility to continually open our arms to new folks—to allow others into our lives. We shouldn’t get so comfortable with our own friends that we have no room for more. Paul challenged the Corinthians in a similar situation when they didn’t want to accept him and his ministry to them:
“There is no lack of room for you in [our hearts], but you lack room in your own affections [for us]. But way of return then, do this for me—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also [to us].” 2 Cor. 6:12,13.
CAN YOU MAKE ROOM IN YOUR HEART FOR SOMEONE THIS WEEK?
In your neighborhood? At the grocery? A nursing home? Or simply when you sit in your usual seat in your usual pew this week? Can you look around and see if there is someone in search of another’s heart to make a home? Can your heart be that home? selahV
[copyrighted, SelahV Today, Hariette Petersen, 2009]