Unity in Christ
Read Ephesians 4:1-16 - different parts but one body
How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in harmony. Psalms 133:1 (NIV)
Kaiya Matthews lives in Texas. In high school, Kaiya didn't fully grasp how important it is to be a part of a Christ-centered community. She heard other students in her church's youth ministry talk about the ways they were growing in their different Christian groups, but she just didn't get it. Her focus began to shift from finding people who would encourage her spiritual growth to simply finding more people to hang out with.
When the many superficial relationships she had developed fell apart after graduation, Kaiya realized her mistake. She had been searching for the wrong thing. College was the perfect opportunity to try again. Because God had drawn her attention to the superficiality of her high school relationships, Kaiya was more aware and better equipped to make deeper connections in college. She was truly ready to work on building a Christ-centered circle of friends. God directed her to her current group of friends, and she has been able to grow in her faith in tremendous ways. Now Kaiya understands the power of having people to keep us accountable, to encourage us, and remind us of God's love.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving us the opportunity to share your love with others and the opportunity to receive that love. Help us to find others who can encourage growth in our relationship with you, in Jesus' name. Amen.