20 When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. 21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. 1 Corinthians 11: 20 – 22 NLT
Are you one of those people who sits quietly in your own world before the church service starts, and then heads for the door as soon as it ends? Or maybe you’re focused on rushing your kids to childcare and then heading home to accomplish things on your to-do list.
When my two sisters and I were kids, our parents did not fall into either of these categories. As much as it irked us girls because we wanted to get out of our church clothes and listen to the Top 40, Mom and Dad meandered from person to person in the narthex after the service. They reconnected with people they hadn’t seen in awhile, updated friends about the status of their girls’ accomplishments, and encouraged those in need. All of the whining and nagging that we pounded them with did not stop them from socializing with their fellow church goers.
Isn’t God calling all of us to interact like this with our church family? He wants us to go to church for more than just ourselves. He desires that we connect with people on a deeper level than just saying, “good morning” or “hi.” Speeding in and out of church can kill the positive impact that fellowship can have on a congregation.
At every service there are people who need prayer, encouragement, and for someone to acknowledge their existence. Perhaps a good New Year’s resolution is to vow to connect with at least two different people each time we go to church, meaning not talking to the same people each time. Image how happy God will be to see us devoting time and energy to caring for his sheep.
Are you a “don’t bother me” type or a “speeder”?