I had a thought today as I was thinking about you coming to Worship@8500 this year. I love the idea of us all coming together for a time of retreat and healing this summer in the mountains of Colorado, but that excitement is built on a much bigger idea. It is the idea of the family reunion.
Now, in the past we have even held spiritual family gatherings with our comrades–that were just like family reunions–because we value our relationships so much. This year’s Worship@8500 is not designed to be a reunion for our old comrades, however, but to welcome new friends we have never met! We want to open our hearts up to new people we have never met before! That could be you? So, remember, this year’s retreat is focused on being a time of refreshing, healing, and relationship building for anyone who senses the Lord leading them to come. We are ready for you to get registered and come join us.
With that in mind, however, let me return to this wonderful idea that excites about hosting gatherings. This enthusiasm comes from the heart for family, and God our Father has put it in us. Here are three reasons why family reunions are amazing:
1. You get to see yourself as part of something bigger.
Everyone needs a moment to realize that they are not the center of the universe. This is important when things are going great, and when things are personally terrible. Paul affirms it this way in Ephesians 3:14-15 , “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” Our new name has joined at the bloodline level with some great folks that we have yet to meet. Let’s find new ways to meet together, and meet new believers who can challenge and equip us!
2. Learn to share affection for those who are not like you.
Colossians 3:12-15 encourages: “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (NLT) Part of growing up is learning to live at peace with our blood relatives, even if we don’t agree on everything.
3. Take a deeper look both backward and forward at your lineage.
Have you read the first chapter Matthew lately? It is an amazing revelation of God’s commitment to our family line. We have folks who have sown into us and built us into who we are today, and we have those God is calling us to pour ourselves into. When we see this through a family lens, rather than an organizational lens, our whole view of the importance of our lives and time together can be radically transformed!
Do you have idea about the family reunion idea? Post them in the comments!
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