So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Corinthians 12:26)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Even though we are living in the most electronically connected world, people these days are more isolated than ever. Many of our homes are little castles, disconnected from the outside world. When family members are together, we tend to be drawn to our screens rather than engage face to face. But God has something better in mind for his people. He wants us to be so connected that we are rejoicing and sorrowing together. This means we have to be willing to engage and reach out.
Let me take on church attendance. Many believers attend only when it is convenient or when they are scheduled to serve. They come only when it suits their busy schedules. But in not coming, they deny their friends their presence. The most important thing that happens on Sunday is the worship of God, but the second most important thing is the interaction of believers who are sharing life together. So just keep in mind that in the same way you need others, they also need you.