I ran across a story the other day about two friends out for a walk. These two men hadn’t seen each other in a while and it was quickly evident that one of them had bulked up since their last time together. As they walked down the road the first man asked the second what he had been up to recently. His muscle clad friend pointed out that he had been going to the gym and lifting weights. He then paused and flexed his muscles. His friend remarked that it was great that he was in shape, but asked why he wanted to be so strong. Did he have a job the required lifting heavy objects? Did he help his friends move into or out of their homes? The question caught the strong friend by surprise and he didn’t know what to do so he simply flexed his muscles once again. The question hung in the air, but what purpose does your strength serve?
This past Sunday we explored how those of us who follow Jesus are strengthened with power through the Spirit. We celebrated the fact that God comes to us and gives us strength, but strength without purpose leaves us much like the muscled man in the story above – flexing and confused. You see God not only strengthens us with power through the Spirit, but he also gives us a purpose for that power – to be united together as the church. Strengthened and united – that is our calling as the body of Christ. If you happened to miss the message I encourage you to listen to it on our website – www.FullerCRC.org.
This coming Sunday we’ll move on to look at Paul’s teaching from Ephesians 4:1-16. There we’ll encounter Paul’s challenge for unity again and see that one of the ways we maintain unity as the church is by growing up and maturing in Christ. I hope you can join us as we unpack this truth together.
Just a final note – as we continue to kick off our winter/spring ministries I encourage you to join me in prayer for the leaders and the participants. For example, this coming week our Cadets program – tailored to 3rd-8th grade boys will start up again. Let’s lift up all these many ministries as we strive to help people take their next step toward a life changing relationship with Jesus.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Grace and Peace,