God calls us to be untied in community as the body of Christ, so why do we let so many things stop us from truly doing community? As Christians, we are a part of the same body. We need to function together in order to fulfill our divine purpose of reaching the nations for Jesus.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. -
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. -
How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God? -
In Genesis 39, Joseph is constantly tempted by his master’s wife. Though a slave, “The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered” (Genesis 39:2). Amidst his current circumstance, Joseph recognized the source of his provision and blessings. Though a sinner like you and I, tempted by the very same things, he resisted. He acted humbly on behalf of his master, even though his master would only believe the lies of his wife, and soon throw Joseph in prison.
It seems so unjust, but God had it all in His hands. And He uses this story to point us to the coming Great High Priest.. Tempted in every way, just as we are, yet without sin. The ultimate innocent one punished for the sin and mistakes of others; our Savior. Though He was God Himself, He carried Himself with humility.
So let us not use our freedom to indulge in the very things Christ has redeemed us from, but instead to serve each other humbly in love.
Matthew 5:43-44 NKJV
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
who suffers wrong and does not demand any reparation from the man who
wronged him, trusts in Christ to make good the loss; and he is rewarded a
hundredfold in this world and inherits eternal life.”
I just walked into my kitchen where a nature documentary was playing and my eyes lit up, not because the animals were cute, no. Because I recognised the voice. Domhnall Gleeson was narrating. And I could tell it was him from one sentence.
He may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give ere we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to be our Father. The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition.