Day 25 of the Meaning(less) Reading Plan
Ecclesiastes 4:4, “Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.”
Yesterday we were left with a challenging question. “Why do so few of us participate in deep meaningful, Gospel-centered relationships?” We have bought in to an American Christianity culture that says, “go to church” instead of “belong to a church”. The rest of this week I want us to consider why we choose cheap social media-like relationships over deep meaningful relationships.
There are times in my faith that I am discontent with where God has me and it is very difficult to rejoice at other people’s successes. On the flip side, there are times in my faith where I find myself having a “mountain top experience” and I have no desire to encourage someone who is failing at something. Let’s be honest, there are even occasions where I rejoice at other’s failings. Could it be that I don’t want deep meaningful community because I am always envious, jealous, and proud? I don’t know how to rejoice when other people succeed, nor do I know how to encourage and mourn when others are falling. These wicked tendencies will kill deep meaningful community and keep you from belonging to a church.
Today I want to encourage you to search your heart. Is the reason you do not belong to a church and cultivate deep meaningful relationships due to a jealous and proud heart?