By Toni Birdsong
It feels good to be with friends. We feel loved around people who affirm and encourage us. And, we feel safe—even empowered—when we strike the sweet, unmistakable note of common ground. For Christians, fellowship in the body of Christ can be one of the purest, most powerful forces we experience here on earth.
But what happens when we spend all of our time with people just like us when we log online? Blinders form. Exclusion creeps in. Well-worn digital paths emerge. Soon, we become blind to the brokeness and deaf to the need that pulsates around us.
As believers, we have three callings while we walk the earth:
- To know God and enjoy His presence personally. Deut. 4:29-31
- To worship God and grow within a body of believers. Phil. 2:1-4
- To share God’s Truth and love with the people who still don’t know Him. Acts 1:8