There’s no place like home.” Those are familiar words that have a special meaning to people coming back from vacation, an employee at the end of a business trip, college students on break, and soldiers returning from war. The Lord designed the family to be a place of love and refuge, and when we are away there is a compass in our hearts whose arrow points homeward.
The church is God’s family (Galatians 6:10), designed to be a place of refuge and love under the blessing of our heavenly Father. Last Sunday we considered this as we studied the Lord’s command to love one another in John 13:34-35. As I said in my sermon, that love is expressed in a glorious spectrum of ways, from greeting one another to accepting one another to encouraging one another. As your pastor, it is a joy to see God’s word lived out among His people. Never underestimate that blessing that your smile, your greeting, your conversation can be to someone. You can be the channel that God uses to bless someone who desperately needs a blessing.
This past Sunday, one person visiting our church wrote this on his connection card: “It feels like home.” Wow, what an encouragement, that people can say that on their very first visit! Thank you, beloved of Family Heritage Church, for being that blessing to God and to one another. May we continue to grow in love as we follow Christ, so that all who come can say, “It feels like home!”