Where do you belong? During this most unusual time of social distancing, I know that many of you are eager to get back to the close relationships you enjoyed with fellow believers. In fact, when it comes to being the church, it is likely those relationships that you miss the most. They are wonderful relationships, to be sure, but let me encourage you to consider the relationships that Paul describes in Ephesians 4.
In the previous edition of my blog, I described Ephesians 4 as Paul laying out God’s blueprint for you and I as His masterpiece. And one of the main pillars of that blueprint has to do with finding that special place to belong. He writes that we should be, “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:3-6).
Through your personal faith in Jesus, you are as saved as you will ever be. But God is challenging you to find that place of mutual submission with fellow believers, in which to be loved and encouraged and motivated to grow and live as the masterpiece God has declared you to be. This kind of mutual submission is not the “consumer” approach to church that we so often experience these days. Finding where you belong is not about comfort or convenience or what it will do for you. It is about commitment and sacrifice and striving together in a Christ-centered community that is so united, that it becomes one body in a bond of peace.
I know we are eager to get back to our friends on this church campus. But are we hungry for the kind of iron sharpening iron that God says is part of the blueprint for your greater spiritual growth? -Jason