When I think about small groups, I picture people reaching out to the wider community, sharing stories and learning how to grow and develop as Christians together. A nice thought isn’t it? We also know that in Matthew it says “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” This is a great reminder of why it is such a good idea to regularly meet up together. We schedule prayer meetings, small groups and other church events, but do you ever feel like it’s a struggle to keep up with it all?
Personally I find it very tricky to manage everything life throws at me. Be it work, relationships or just finding time to cook dinner; the world is a busy place. I really should start going back to the gym (which yes I’m still paying for despite not using it). But why is it that we make time for these areas in our lives and not for meeting together in God’s presence? I think it’s down to priority, and what we value in our lives.
It’s easy enough to acknowledge that God should be number one, but are we really living that out? I have been guilty of thinking that spending time with God is something I can do when it fits into my plans, but life soon draws us into other things instead. We choose to see friends, or do housework – are we placing more value in these activities, instead of prioritising meeting together with God? The Bible says, “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you”. Luke 12:29-31,
This really reflects on the idea that placing God first in our lives, will allow other worries to settle and the balancing act of life will level out. Yes, it can be a challenge to find time to meet together, and we will at times fall short, but God loves it when we meet in His name. So let’s reflect carefully on how we prioritise our time and really be thankful that we have the opportunities to come together in small groups. As 2018 starts let’s try our very best to meet together, pray together and grow together.
About Jonny Byczok
Jonny has recently joined CWR as part of the Marketing and Communications team as a videographer.