When Christians gather together, what do they talk about? Obviously there can be a million different answers to that question, but what have you observed or experienced at your own church, being in small groups, or being with Christian friends?
Often times, in my own experiences, the conversations are really not much different at all from the rest of the world. There is a lot of talk about sports, TV shows, the weather, kids, and so on. There is certainly nothing wrong with talking about any of these things, but what I have noticed is that there is an incredible lack of talk about God, the Gospel, true issues or needs in life, spirituality, critical thinking about life, etc. Why, as Christians, do we not talk about these things? Why do we seem to stay mostly at a surface level?
My assessment of this is that we do not really have anything to contribute on that level. The things that are on our minds, and thus things we want to talk about, are the things we are feeding our minds most. I believe that the problem is that we are not feeding our minds with the Scriptures, with good books and articles, and we are not thinking critically about our lives as believers in God. Instead, we are glued to our phones, computers, and televisions, thinking that we “deserve to relax” after work or after taking care of the kids all day, or we simply do not see a need or do not have a desire to do it.
I believe that we have a duty as Christians not only to ourselves, but to those around us as well, to be filling our mind with Godly things. By doing so, we not only help and encourage ourselves in the faith, we are also becoming more equipped to bring something meaningful or helpful to others.
So, I want to encourage us all to take ownership in the body of believers. If we are one body, we must all work together and contribute to the betterment of the body. Let’s encourage one another in the faith instead of being content with little to no forward progress. Don’t rely on everyone else do all the work, bring something to offer! Your thoughts and perspective are needed!
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:1-2
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:1-2