In Ephesians 4:1, after teaching for three chapters of all that the Lord have given to us, the apostle Paul writes, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received…” You are likely familiar with that exhortation, but what you might not realize is what Paul connects it to as the sentence continues. Any ideas? Prayer? No. Purity? No. Self-discipline? No. These are all vital for living the life of faith, but these are not what he emphasizes. Instead, he goes on to write,“with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The apostle connects living the life of faith to relationships.
This is so important to realize. Living in a country that esteems rugged individualism, we can easily miss what God’s word says about this vital connection of relationships to our spiritual lives. We think we can “go it alone” in our Christian walk. We don’t understand how crucial our spiritual brothers and sisters are to our spiritual growth and fruitfulness. And so often the result is weak, isolated, struggling spirituality.
This is why I am excited about the special summer series, Your Walk with God is a Community Project, starting next Wednesday, June 7, 6:30-8:00 in room 10. Join us in exploring what it means to experience what the Lord designed in the relationships He has given us. It will be an insightful, encouraging time of spiritual discovery and blessing.