As a body of believers we are like a rolling ocean.
Some are in the adolescence of faith, frothing and breaking at the peak of the swell with passion and energy. Riled by injustice and quick to spring to action. Sometimes causing a splash and a crash, or creating a crest of rolling beauty.
Others are in the quiet of resting in Life with Christ. Settled into the harbour of God Grace. They have seen and discussed all theses things bombarding the church now and have seen it all before. By faith and experience they know the Lord has provided and His Word had stood true this long. They need not make much of a ripple now.
Also there are those in the deep dark places, reaching for the light and hope. Those that are dwelling underneath the surface. Christians get sad and get low and it is up to the rest of us to look beneath the surface and send undercurrents to prayer and love to move and stir those disconnected from the Joy of life with Christ and his children.
And then there are those far away lost at sea, searching for the secrets of this great and mysterious body that moves as one and as many at the same time.
Romans 12:5 So it is with one body. We are many parts of a body, and we will belong to one another.
Young don’t look at the old as complacent or disinterested. They have patience and wisdom on their side.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and in the end you will be counted among the wise.
Like wise, you older, don’t disregard the passion and conviction you see in the young at faith, as folly.
I Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down upon you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
Rather look to each other to glean wisdom and to gather excitement.
Look into the water that rolls and shimmers with the spirit and soul of a great nation and dive deep. Baptizing your whole being in the living water that is to flow into the bare and desert land.
Only when we accept the church, graciously, as flawed and sinful, as a band of brothers and sisters, can we work as one.
If the family of God is a ocean, then the filling of the body comes from many different sources. Rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. We are all running clear to the same destination, splashing and overflowing many banks on the way.
Look upon your brothers and sisters and realize they are not just like you…. Yet we are drawn to the same destiny of life reconciled to Christ. Though we all have different struggles and interests and stories and ambitions. All streams lead to the sea but every kind of water fills the basin of Gods great grace. If we are to be a body, that is pleasing to God, we are to endure patiently, regard respectfully, listen more then we talk and give more then we receive. Its the Golden rule and it is true for the flourishing of our Christian family.
Luke 6:31 Do onto others what you would have them do to you.
A loving display of acceptance of every person, in the sea of faces that ebb and flow through channels of faith, on our way to the sea. Each is a important key to bringing water to a desert place and quenching the thirst. Flow with the grace given us with Christ and filter His love to a parched land.