We need to turn up our intensity in our churches… people are feeling very alone. Ever wonder why verses like this are in the Bible? Are they useless?

And do everything with love.

You know that Stephanas and his household were the first of the harvest of believers in Greece, and they are spending their lives in service to God’s people. I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, to submit to them and others like them who serve with such devotion. I am very glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here. They have been providing the help you weren’t here to give me. They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well.

I Corinthians 16:14-18

I always flew past these passages in Paul’s letters in the New Testament. Names I can’t pronounce of people doing things I don’t care about. Why did Paul have to include them?

Simple. As much as we are to get God’s truth from other sections of the Bible, we need to take note of Paul’s example in being connected and making connections.

At church and in life, we are to be connecting people, introducing people, building up other’s reputations, setting others up for success. Even with Facebook, you wouldn’t believe how unconnected people are today. They want to know people, but often won’t take the steps to talk with strangers.

My heart goes out to new guests at our church and even more to people who have attended our church for months but have not met anyone yet. They’ve been greeted and have talked with people, but not really gotten to KNOW people.

Turn up your intensity on this issue. Be an introducer, a builder of reputations and an encourager. In a couple of months, you will look back and praise God for all the great relationships built from your intentionality.

Let’s become more effective by following Paul’s example. 


One Response to “Useless?”

  1. Intentional is the key word, for sure… building relationships doesn’t just happen. Great reminder Dave – thanks!

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