Date: January 6, 2012
Verse: 1 John 1:3
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. ~ 1 John 1:3
Have you ever done something stupid in your life, and then later on, looking back, wondered what in the world you were thinking?
I mean, would you go skydiving without a parachute? Would you bungee jump without a bungee? Would you go on a roller coaster ride without pulling the shoulder harness down? Would you scuba dive with no air in the tanks? Could I convince you to eat a rotten egg with a dead goldfish in it, just for the fun of it?
The answer to all these questions is a definite “NO!!!” I mean, doing these things would not be smart at all. It’s not even tempting. I mean…it’s a no brainer! Why? Because participating in any of those activities would lead to pain and probably to death!
But, do you want to know something that is crazy? People out there (teenagers included) take those kinds of chances every day. They may not be performing daredevil stunts or eating raw food, but they take the chance of living life on their own…and THAT is taking a risk.
Looking back on my life and how it was, I am glad I am no longer a risk-taker like that. I have done a lot of dumb things in my life, but the dumbest was not having a relationship with Christ as a teenager. I am so glad I finally came to that with Christ.
God designed us in His image, as relational beings. He created us to be in a relationship with him and with other believers (1 John 1:3). In the Bible, Christians are never divided into those who go to church and those who don’t. In the New Testament, wherever Christians were within range of each other, they met. In the book of Acts, every time the apostle Paul went to towns where there were new Christians, he immediately helped them meet with each other, and together they became a little church.
Pray that God would give you a heart for his people and that he would help you make the choice to meet consistently with other Christians.