“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Just looking over my readers’ comments brings tears to my eyes—not an easy thing to do! Anyone who knows me will tell you I keep vulnerable emotions under tight rein. My policy being that it’s always safer to process things inside your head rather than inside your heart. But every once in a while, something slips by the guard and WHAM! You readers have breached security, and I am so humbled. To be able to write for a group of such wise Christians…well, frankly I’m unqualified. But I’m going to do it anyway.
The reason behind my persistence is somewhat selfish: I’m learning so much from you! Sometimes I think the comments are better than the blog itself. And that’s OK; we have a dialogue here. However God chooses to use this forum is way beyond what you or I can understand. We get to glean the benefits though, and we get to have the privilege of working for the King. It keeps us strong together as we navigate this temporary place.
Unity is the theme of the above Scripture from Paul. As Christians in a foreign land, we rely on this unity of spirit to fortify us for the daily challenges. Because if we’re honest, we will admit to the sting of not belonging in the world. Of course, this is a good thing and one of the tests we can apply to our lives to see if we are truly following hard after Christ.
2 Corinthians 13:5 advises, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”
Don’t bomb the test! It is the only one that matters in the end. An uneasiness in the world indicates that the Holy Spirit is working in you. We are NOT to be comfortable swimming in this dirty pond.
God provides a balm for this world-weariness, and that is unity with other believers. In fellowship, we can energize, encourage, and equip each other for further service. Being together also allows us to see various attributes of Christ at work. For example, I see obedience, prayer, compassion, knowledge of the Word, and love modeled in our community of saints. The exciting part is: There’s no end to the growth potential!
Hebrews 10:25 says: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
The Day is approaching, so let us tap into that oneness of spirit God gives to weary world travelers. Check in with another believer today, be renewed in unity, and leave feeling refreshed.
On the Journey with you,