We have come to the end of our study – Not Made To Be Alone. We have learned from Scripture that we were made by God and for God. We have read over and over that we are made for community – with God, with friends, with family, and with the church. It may not always be easy – the ‘island life’ may be our preferred way of living – but we were created for more and will thrive only when we are in the center of God’s will. So my prayer for us all is that we will embrace the communities He has placed us in or allowed us to be a part of and thrive – for His glory!
This little devo is a nugget of gold that I found on a sight that I follow – It seemed a perfect bookend for our study,💕💜 and I pray it is a blessing for all who read it –
Spurs and bull riding
As published on Grace Moments, by Pastor Daron Lindemann
“I see lots of spurs at the Austin rodeo that kicks off every spring. One of the most popular competitions is bull riding.
In bull riding, spurs are dulled and mostly help the bull rider hold on to the one-ton bull with their legs and feet. And what happens then? A wild ride. Getting bucked around and off. Broken ribs. Mental toughness. The cheers of the crowd. Telling your grandkids someday that you rode a bull named Fumanchu. Growth. Strength.
Now listen to what the Bible says about the Christian community: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
“Hold unswervingly” are Greek words in the original Bible that literally mean “hold on tight!” The Bible calls us to be spurs that help each other hold on tight and not let go. Let go of what? “The hope we profess.””
“We don’t let go of each other. We hang in there with each other. Why? Because we have this agreement that we profess. This body of teaching we believe. That’s the Bible that reveals Jesus Christ. The Bible and Jesus define our fellowship as a church.
Hold on to Jesus and his church! Be like spurs and help others hold on to Jesus and his church too. It might result in a wild ride. It might cause pain but will also result in spiritual growth.
And remember Jesus—who believes in his church—is holding on to you. “He who promised is faithful.””
The Rest of the Study
Hey if you missed out on the study, Not Made to be Alone, you can start here and then click next post if you want to continue with the study … https://mefromthensideout.com/2023/05/07/not-made-to-be-alone-2/
The Next Study
Enduring Hope beginning Monday, June 12, 2023 – I hope you’ll join me for the journey 🦋