Let me give you a disclaimer before you read this article:
The brothers and sisters in my branch give me reasons each and every Sunday to realize and understand better just how deep the family of God is.
The Sunday when it was announced from the pulpit that the Lord had opened the door for me to meet the family of God in Guatemala, I had so many handshakes and hugs of congratulations after the meeting.
But the most impactful one came from the sister who sits across the aisle towards the front in our sanctuary, the sister who dedicates time every Sunday to prepare songs for the children to sing and who gives her piano talent every meeting.
(She also knows very well that I can't sing.)
After the meeting, she came up to me and hugged me tight and told me over and over again how excited she was that I was given the opportunity to go.
I have never really seen someone match my feelings exactly like that, and I realized that she was truly and seriously as excited for me as I was for myself — potentially even more so.
Galatians says that we should do good to those especially in the faith with us (6:10), and I never really understood that until I saw the excitement in this sister's eyes mirror my own. Just by being truly happy for me, she was doing good.
Just sharing my burdens and my happiness was doing good (Romans 12:15) — being a part of each other's lives is doing good.
Praying is good.
Greeting each other every Sunday is good.
Honestly caring about each other is good.
I am always floored when a brother or sister comes up to me on Sunday and asks how something went during the week.
Who am I that they would remember or care to ask?
But that is the crazy thing about the family of God; our love for each other is a reflection of the love that God shows us, and that is a good and powerful force.
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.