Here’s a thing, ya’ll. If you are not involved in a small group of some kind, you are totally missing out. As someone who stood skeptically on the sidelines with a “I’ll wait and see” attitude as our pastors rolled out the plan for 3G (Grace Growth Groups), I can testify that I now realize being a part of a group of people dedicated to loving God and growing together in knowing Him is one of the greatest blessings of my life.
Today our 3G was full of laughter and conversation, then focus and thoughtfulness as we discussed the sermon from this morning and sought to apply it to our lives. As we talked over 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 a question was asked, “Who speaks for God in your life?” The context was a discussion of how we can keep the “unseen things” of verse 18 in front of our thoughts.
That question continues to rattle around in my brain, though we said our goodbyes and went our own ways several hours ago. Clearly, God speaks through the world He has made and even more so through His Word. But God hasn’t designed us to be solitary, lone-ranger Christians. We need those around us to remind us of what we can’t see – the “unseen things” that give affiliations the perspective required to appear “light and momentary.” So who speaks for God in my life?
For me, the answer is found in family and friends (particularly those who are willing to NOT agree with me all the time), church family (like my fablous 3G), authors whose books point me to Jesus (like Grudem, Welch, and DeMoss who I’m reading now) and even musicians (like the Gettys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Andrew Peterson, and the whole gang at Sovereign Grace Music) whose melodies and lyrics direct my thoughts to the unseen realities of life. And I need them all.
Contemplating the upcoming move to Texas has made me realize this so much more. I can’t do life without people speaking for God around me. The books and music will travel with me, and the family and friends will be accessible (thank you, Face Time) but this is the first time ever, that I’ve actually had to stop and contemplate where to worship. In the Wild West of CA there wasn’t much of an option, and the rest of my life I’ve pretty much lived here. So my question is, “Who will speak for God to me?” Where will I choose to plant my spiritual life, and what will keep me there when it’s different from what I’ve known before? Tough question – but one I’m excited to prayerfully consider and contemplate.
For now I’m thankful for those here who live life with me and speak truth to me. What an incredible blessing is the church! And particularly my 3G (though I’m prolly slightly biased).