We are living in a day and age in which we are more connected than ever before. Thanks to social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, and thanks to tech like smart phones, we have at our fingertips the ability to connect with just about anyone at any time. And that’s great! But here’s what’s not so great: while we have more connection than ever before in human history, we also have a lot fewer real relationships.
The author of Hebrews knew how important real relationships are in the Christian’s life. He wrote, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together...” (Heb. 10:24-25). Spending time together and spurring each other on toward Jesus in real brotherly and sisterly relationships was important for the vitality of the early church, and it's just as important for our vitality today, too.
This week, consider how you might further develop real relationships in your life—the kind that mutually encourage and build one another up in the faith. Maybe you can join a small group that more intimately shares life together? Perhaps you could invite someone from your church out to lunch or coffee during the week? If you really want to dive in, maybe you can plan a camping trip with another family from your church? Or maybe you could simply spend some time getting to know someone a little better after your church service this upcoming Sunday? Yes, connect with others—connection, after all, is important—but don’t forget to invest in real relationships along the way.