Where Two Or More Are Gathered
Are you feeling alone? Is all of this social interaction online a substitute for face to face interaction?
Previously we talked about how we cannot measure up to the perfection that social media portrays to us sometimes. And how we need to be the unique, first edition individual that God created us to be.
But I think there is another misconception that we can sometimes get from social media, and that is that we may have a thousand friends on Facebook or a thousand followers on social media, but you can still feel all alone.
You may be sending thousands of messages or DMs to all your friends online, but if you are still sitting in a room all by yourself, then you are still alone and getting no social interaction.
The truth is that we were designed to do life together.
Now don't get me wrong, you can feel built up by people you interact with on social media, but it never seems to replace verbally talking with someone face to face. And I know right now might be a more challenging time to be face to face with people, but ultimately we were meant to do life together, not do life alone.
The Bible says in Matthew 18:20: For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
This comes from a bigger context of dealing with confrontation, but I think it holds true in both instances. If you have a fantastic friend or group of people, maybe a Connect Group, those people are going to hold you accountable.
They will build you up and not tear you down, and they are going to call you out when you are doing something you shouldn't be. Your group will help you get better, and you will be helping them get better.
We need to be a part of a group of people like that. A group that keeps each other accountable. People that care more about you and your relationship with Jesus more than they do about your own friendship.
If you are not a part of a group like that, I want to challenge you to get involved in one. It might be hard and scary at first, but get involved. At Park Valley, we call them Connect Groups. They will help you tremendously, not only in a mental health sense, because you will have human interaction, but spiritually as well, as you will all help each other grow closer to Jesus.
If you want to get involved in a Connect Group, or you want to start one, email me Zac@parkvalleychurch.com .