Sunday morning is a unique and important time for us Christians. It is not everyday that we gather with our Christian brothers and sisters to fellowship and worship God together, and for many of us, it may be the only time during the week. So, we need to make sure we take full advantage of our time at church on Sundays. One way that we can do that is by maximizing our conversations.
Sure, we can talk about how busy we are or how we’re just “plugging along”, but why not have a real, God-glorifying answer ready to the question, “How are you doing?” It’s inevitable, you’re going to get that question at least three or four times on a Sunday, so be prepared to initiate fellowship with your answer. Because, what is fellowship, really? Fellowship is not just being in the same room with other Christians (we don’t fellowship by osmosis) or eating with other Christians; it’s enjoying God together, and mutually encouraging each other in our faith. So if you’re doing well, answer the question with “God has blessed me this week by ____________ (fill in the blank)”. If the week has been particularly hard, answer the question with, “I’m struggling today. God has challenged me this week with _____________ (fill in the blank)”. This may seem awkward for some, but I think it’s awkward because we don’t do it enough. Church, we’re called to “encourage one another day after day” (Hebrews 3:13) and talk to each other for the purpose of “building up” each other (Ephesians 4:29). Answers like these will stimulate God-centered conversation and help us to obey those commands. Don’t settle for the lazy, common answers like “Doin’ alright” or “Just trying to keep my head above water”. Choose to get and give more on Sunday mornings by having a real, God-glorifying answer ready!