Proverbs 13:20 Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
Labor day always reminds me of my first spiritual leaders. I really don’t think they thought of themselves as “spiritual leaders.” Twice a month and sometimes weekly we’d go over to their house and eat supper. The numbers often varied; sometimes 2 couples; sometimes 6 couple probably an average of 12 to 15 people came to the house.
I think because of the mutual ignorance of the terminology or the church’s dismal-lay of needing titles we just did what came natural from looking at Jesus. We sort of spent time talking about each other’s day. Sometimes we told each other God Stories about what Jesus had done for them.
Since that time 6 years ago I learned how much I needed a traveling companion like this for my spiritual journey and how perilous the walk is without one. Life is a rat race of sprawling possibilities and each step is tenuous and some of the roadways are treacherous.
If as the pastor has taught we are the church then place, time, and structure isn’t always necessary. The church building stands out in the community. They embrace the biggest of God’s journey for them. Meanwhile back in the garden is a group of ordinary workers who do ordinary things in life and family. Back in the day we called them Care Groups. Today they have a different name Life Group.
Only a rookie would consider making the journey alone.
The guy in the rail shop and the guy in a alum factory were my 1st spiritual leaders and they never saw it or tried to live up to it. They just were just who they are …… Care Pastors.
Find a Care Group this week……. find that ordinary laborer!