Part of the promise (covenant) that we make to each other as a church family is this:
“We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. As is fitting for the members of a Christian Church, we will walk together in love, exercising affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and will faithfully admonish and entreat one another as the occasion may require.”
Ephesians 4:15-16 tells us how we work for unity, “15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” It is a powerful thing when the body of Christ watches over one another in love, ensuring that no one is “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (Ephesians 4:15). Would you describe us as a faith family that is dedicated to a united pursuit of Jesus? A united pursuit of seeing Jesus formed in each other?
The Lord’s table we celebrated yesterday is the perfect metaphor for this. Since Jesus is ultimately all we have in common. Unity is evidenced in the care we have for others growth and maturity toward Christ-likeness. The goal is not just to be nice and agree on everything, the goal is looking like Jesus.
Let me ask you, are you pursuing the flourishing of the faith family? What’s keeping you from doing that? Could it be an attitude of pride, of harshness, bitterness, or laziness that’s keeping you from enabling others to flourish? Ephesians 4:1-4 tells us how we are able to do all that we do as the church, it is through a total dependence on the Spirit.
This week take some time to be intentional and ask God how might be asking you serve others, and at the first sign of hesitation ask Him what it is in you that’s keeping you from fulfilling your calling according to Ephesians 4.
We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday Morning!