A work in progress. That’s what we all are. None of us has arrived, and none of us has all the answers. Rather, we come together as a community and chip away at the imperfections in one another through this practice of living life together. The great renaissance artist/inventor Michelangelo used to say that “every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” God formed me in my mother’s womb, knitting me together and numbering the hairs on my head (Psalm 139:13). However, sin came along and clung to my soul like weights, entrapping me and preventing me from living the life I was destined for.
Yet, Jesus came and died on the cross that we might have abundant life (John 10:10). He breaks the locks that hold the weights on, and then He gives us this thing called the church to help pull those locks off each other. However, these weights are not as obvious as literal locks. To see what people are truly struggling with, you must live daily with them. You must find out about their families, their joys and passions, their fears. You must be open and honest.
We see an example of this kind of relationship between David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18:
After that, Jonathan became David’s closest friend. He loved David as much as he loved himself. (From that day on Saul kept David as his servant and didn’t let him go back to his family.) So Jonathan made a pledge of mutual loyalty with David because he loved him as much as he loved himself. Jonathan took off the coat he had on and gave it to David along with his battle tunic, his sword, his bow, and his belt.
Now let’s ask the obvious question: Who do you love like this? Who is someone that you can turn to when the going gets tough? Who is that person that can call you out when you are in the wrong? Who is that person who prays for you as much as they pray for themselves? May we all be real with each other and help each other remove these weights which so easily encumber us (Hebrews 12:1).
Proverbs 18:24 – “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
P.S. – Pray for Hatcher Geary as he will start this upcoming Sunday!