The Inside Column 21/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 21, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we hope you feel at home and that you had time to grab a bit of breakfast with us.

Two weeks ago we started preaching series on Intimacy with God. We began by looking at how we prioritise our lives and what it is we think we are here for. Last week we looked at Prayer as a way of knowing God and His purposes, and this week we look at Community.

Rick Warren wrote

“The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. If you want to know why you were placed on this earth, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose. This is the starting point.”

We are made in the image of God to be in relationship with God. Our first priority then is to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”  (Matthew 6). With this in mind we need to consider how we might make time to do this.

Nicky Gumbel wrote

“If we love someone, what we long for more than anything else is that person’s presence with us. Photos are a comfort.  Telephone calls, emails and texts are nice.  Letters are good and Skype is a great way to communicate, yet nothing can compare to actually spending time with them in person.”

We read in Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”. The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” As disciples of Jesus we are called not only to love God, but to love each other. We are the family of God, called to live in unity with each other, to forgive each other. If we are to take the call of discipleship and intimacy with God seriously, we need to be in a community where we are encouraged, supported, challenged, prayed for, cared for, and loved by each other.
There is a line in one of my favorite shows, the musical Les Misérables (yes – I am cultured!) “To love another person is to see the face of God.” May we love each other in His church, in a community where we see the face of God in each other.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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