Why Singles Need to Stay Connected to Others ... and to God
- Thursday, October 20, 2005
What I didn't even realize was they had been watching me and praying for me. They saw something in me that I had not seen. I had a purpose from God. Now there was a hitch, they would tell me that they meet weekly outside of the normal SOLO meeting time. I was like "ok." And they would also say that I would have to come to each meeting until the conference, which wasn't for 11 months. I was like "I need to come weekly for 11 months for a banner, its just a banner, I can whip that up in no time." They also would say, we do a weekly devotion. "Are you up for it?" Hmmm, I have to come each week, meet and do devotion and I guess there is probably prayer too, for one lousy banner. "Yeah, I guess so." Did it take 11 months of meeting weekly to put on a conference, probably not?
Connecting to Each Other
This group's purpose was not just about building a conference but about connecting and building individuals along the way. You see, what I didn't know is they would involve me in the ministry of God at the place in my walk that I could do it. I wasn't able to teach a Bible study yet, or speak on stage or lead a group of single adults, but I could design a banner. This was my trade. I mean if I messed it up they could always get it done quick on their own. The banner was not what this was about. This was about building and equipping the Kingdom. This was about a relationship with me based on their relationships with God. They found common ground with me. And it was a starting point to build a future relationship that would eventually lead me to where I am today.
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
— Hebrews 13:20-21
Connecting to God
I realized through SOLO and this conference, that I was apart of a much larger picture. My life had a purpose. I had been missing this. I had been so disconnected. Everyone needs to be connected, apart of and included. Everyone needs to know who their family is … their roots. Everyone needs to be connected to God. Like my experience with my grandmother, I understood how important it was to know my Polish roots, however, my spiritual roots were that much more important.
Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love
— Ephesians 4:15-16
We, as single adults, have to stay connected. We have to make the time to find common ground with each other. We have to make the time to care. We have to make the time to reach out and help each other grow in our relationships with Christ. We have to make the time to disciple each other. Thank you to SOLO and the many single adults who saw something in me that only the Savior could have put in their hearts. They took a chance on a very self-focused person by encouraging me, believing and ultimately loving me.
When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. I do all this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings.
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