“Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.,,,,,
the world was not worthy of them……
…these were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that ONLY TOGETHER with us would they be made perfect.” Heb. 11:36-40
Something better. Only TOGETHER.
What is this unity abounding, weaving its way through Scripture? Even in the final days – the glory days He has yet to fulfill. Not just for today. In the church. Within this generation.
He is saving the great reward for ONE BIG DAY.
When we can all be together in His House for the Big Reveal.
God likes togetherness.
We’ve heard this before. How two are better than one. And Satan will keep pushing back, isolating souls into the weary corner.
Whispering loud of the hurts we have lived, the lack of trust, the ease of sinking back down into the closed doors.
The Lord knows community is not easy. Relationships are tattered. People are faulty. He walked among us. They deserted Him too.
Yet Christ, like Paul, put no confidence in the flesh. Only perfect confidence in His ability to redeem the soul. Of every man.
And even redeemed souls stumble in community. But we also stumble alone – even more so. And the hand that is helped up more quickly – is the one already outstretched.
We are better together – not only in our falling. But in our rising. Lifting the weight of the cross, each of us a corner piece, raising high the truth of Christ.
When praise of man tempts us with pride, together we are accountable.
When the call of God seems unsure, together we find courage.
When the world screams loud the voice of hate, together we kneel in humble love.
“If you have ANY encouragement from being united in Christ, if ANY comfort from his love, if ANY fellowship with the Spirit, if ANY tenderness and compassion…”
——Have any of those precious things?—–
“then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phil. 2:1-4
Consider others better than yourselves.
Then come to the table of fellowship. Share your “ANY”s with us. My hand is outstretched.
Let’s do life together.