The past few weeks have been consumed by hours of meaningful ministry—hours that have deepened my appreciation for God’s family. I’ve been challenged by people that I deeply respect. You think you know people until you really know them. Now sure, that’s cliché to the max, but it’s true. Unfortunately, we don’t always appreciate what it means to truly “know” someone.
In the church, I believe we do a good job knowing each other, to the extent that we know about each others families, likes and dislikes, schedules and hobbies, hopes and dreams. We do a good job knowing when someone looks down. We do a good job knowing when someone looks stressed. We do a good job knowing when someone hasn’t been to services. We know who answers the questions in Bible class. But really “knowing” each other? Not even close. What’s even scarier is not knowing when people need us to know; not hugging or encouraging the person that might be one bad day away from catastrophe.
The past few weeks have been full of some of the most meaningful conversations I’ve ever had. These conversations weren’t with my wife or even with people that I’ve known for a long time. These conversations were with people I’ve been acquainted with—have worshiped with—have eaten with—but not people I’ve shared with. These conversations took place over some great BBQ, which is the perfect way to begin a conversation. But both conversations ended in a better understanding of who a person is, what makes them tick, and how the journey of faith is supposed to be traveled as a company, not a contractor.
When we have the courage and humility to step off the pedestal of pride to share our troubles and struggles, God elevates our hearts. Isn’t this what Peter meant when he said, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, that He may lift you up in due time”? (1st Peter 5:6). You can’t be lifted until you fall. With no humility, there’s no stability.
Isn’t that profound? Not at all—just biblical. The very thing the church was doing in Acts 2 is the very thing we struggle to follow. “All believers were together and had everything in common.” (Acts 2:44) That commonality wasn’t just goods and money—it was life. If we’ll be more intentional about living life together, just maybe, by the grace of God, we’ll enjoy the favor of all the people.