Wednesday, March 5, 2008

We need one another

We need one another to make it through the day and to make it from here to eternity. God created us for fellowship with Him and one another.

Greatness is often learned in the moments of deepest despair. Our valleys empower us to climb mountains. The rivers we cross produce stamina and strength that we need to swim against the current. The fellowship developed while aiding one in need or receiving aid while we are in need affirm the love of Christ continues and is a testimony the world.

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death. 1 John 3:14

Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16

As we climb mountains we encounter those who are on the journey to fully knowing Jesus. We interact with some who inspire us with their faith and encourage us with their testimony. There are those who need us to help them along the way. It is necessary for us to help and to be helped. If you find you do not have the balance for climbing higher ask God if it is because you are not allowing others to help you or if it s because you have not helped anyone?

It seems odd that we would swim against the current until you realize that resistance builds strength. Far too often we find ourselves just going along...not making any waves. However, we were created to make a difference, we were created for good works in Christ Jesus. Everywhere Christ went He made a difference. What difference have you made lately?

Mountain climbing and river crossing are best done in collaboration. So too is living a disciplined life of Christian faith. God wants us to stay together for together we have power and strength. We need each other.

Hebrews 10:23 -2523 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. {NLT}

Bishop Desmond Tutu explained the ancient African concept of ubuntu - which is much like the Christian concept of fellowship.

Ubuntu is a concept that we have in our Bantu languages at home.
Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We cannot be fully human alone. We are made for
interdependence, we are made for family. When you have ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate. If the world had more ubuntu, we would not have war. We would not have this huge gap between the rich and the poor. You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others. You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children. This is God's dream.

Come let us worship and serve the Lord, Jesus Christ and fulfill His prayerful desire for us as recorded in John 17:21

My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father-that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me. John 17:21 NLT


d said...

Sister please, obesity in the church (black) is out of control. Is god not able to break your bondage? By you being a pastor and obese, you are making a fool out of god. You are no different that a crackhead or alcoholic or whatever. Bondage & sin is bondage & sin. Step down till you get your weight down.

Anonymous said...

I do not understand how your comment fits what the Pastor was speaking about. God made us all in his image and one's weight does not and should not affect their ability to serve him. You missed the entire point of the blog. In fact, you are exactly what the Pastor was talking about-we need to be one! Instead of Christians tearing each other down, we need to lift one another up and work together. Only the enemy wins we are not united. It is part of the enemy's master plan to keep us divived.