4. Be devoted.
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
A healthy tribe is devoted to serving the Lord, individually and when the opportunity presents itself, together. They spend time laughing, eating and worshiping together. They pray for each other often. They invest time in one another. If one person or couple in the group needs help or is sick, the others make the effort to be available and meet the needs whenever possible.
These principles apply whether you have three close friends or twenty.
My tribe is facing some serious trials right now. One of our dear friends is facing terminal cancer. I love this man like a brother. I’ve spent more time with him and his beautiful wife than I have my own brother.
Our families have worshiped the Lord together, vacationed together, celebrated birthdays together and now we are battling a life-threatening disease together. And while we are praying and believing for total healing and restoration, we are also standing beside our sweet friends in the painful shadows of this dark valley. It’s frustrating that we can’t do more for them, but we are trusting God with them, and we are committed to surrounding them with love and support.
Others of us are facing layoffs. Marriages are being tested. Several of our adult children are struggling. You get the idea. This is life in a broken world. But we have hope and faith in Jesus.
We place our lives in the loving, generous, gracious hands of God. We are not alone in this journey. We have a loving God who sees us, knows us and is waiting for relationship with us, and we have each other to remind us of these facts when we grow weary or forget.
This is the beauty of community. This is the beauty of being The Church. I’m so glad I don’t have to go it alone. I don’t want anyone else to go it alone either.
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