This blog compiles some notes and observations from one average guy's journey of life, faith and thought, along with some harvests from my reading (both on-line and in print). Learning to follow Jesus is a journey; come join me on the never-ending adventure!
How overwhelming, our Father, that You would show such care, such love and kindness, to bring us not only into relationship with Yourself through Christ, but also into relationship with the local church!
Your corporate focus on us— sanctifying us in Christ Jesus, calling us “holy ones,” and uniting us with the larger body of Christ, reminds us that Your will for us intertwines with all of those that Jesus has redeemed, so that united together in the Body we discover immeasurable joy and purpose.
So in the church, joined together in union with Christ, we experience grace to walk faithfully, enrichment to our speaking and understanding concerning Christ, confirmation that we belong to You, gifts for service until Christ returns to present us blameless in His presence, and fellowship with the Lord Jesus.
Consequently, we realize that our treating lightly the body of Christ corresponds to neglecting Your choicest gifts.
Living with a focus on our individualism instead of our relationship with the body of Christ, shows how far we’ve strayed from Your purposes in the redeemed.
Having that “go-it-alone” attitude when facing difficulties and temptations, neglects the very means You have given to build us up in a most holy faith.
Forgive us of these sins of neglect and self-centeredness. Enable us to know great joy as forgiven people, united as followers of Jesus Christ. Amen.