Just Show Up
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10 24, 25
A good recipe for defeat is isolation, making the choice to stay away from people especially the ones that care about you. On the other hand a good recipe for victory is staying in fellowship. I’m often asked what the key to staying away from my addiction is, without hesitation it’s always “Just Show Up”. If you’re sitting around with your mind racing and feel out of sorts, go to a Bible study or call a couple friends who share your faith and just be around God’s people.
The other night we had a Choir Concert here at Keswick, as much as I was tempted to sit home and watch TV, I went. It was The HOMELAND Patriotic Choir Concert, we praised God, made tribute to our Country, recognition of the sacrifices made and honoring those who served. The presents of God was radiant among His people, the music was as soothing as could be and the fellowship was sweet. There is nothing on television that can bring that. I left there encouraged and completely satisfied.
This idea of showing up is multi productive, it is used to exhort one another, to know the struggles we each have in order to bear one another’s burdens, to pray with and for each other and to be as an example to a lost generation of the love we have for one another.
Now I realize that it’s not always easy being around “Christians”, but it will always produce in us the character and godly traits that will serve to grow us in the grace that was so freely bestowed upon us. “As iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” Proverbs 27:17.
There’s something about showing up and establishing a consistency of being present that begins to create a reputation as a guy who’s always available and dependable. Being ready to give and receive, a vessel that is built up in the faith and love that comes from being in and around the fellowship of believers. Adding the daily reading of God’s word to as the topic of conversation and sharing the way His word is speaking to and thru you.
So the next time you find yourself channel surfing when there’s a fellowship going on, why not “Just Show Up”! Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: God’s program for reviving His people is definite and clear. First Elijah ‘repaired the alter of Jehovah that was thrown down.’ That is the place to begin. All the ruin that sin has wrought must be cleared away by confession. Things must be made right with God; restitution must be made where it is due. Unless this is done definitely and thoroughly, prayer for reviving is vain…. Too many are praying today without repairing the altar by confession of sin, without digging a trench of separation from the world and without a surrender that is even unto death. No wonder such prayer is fruitless. Andrew Gih
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Paul, a servant[a] of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began[b] 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior; Titus 1:1-2