Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Measure of Maturity

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Taken from Every Day With Jesus Bible p.409
‘Our fellowship with other Christians heightens our understanding of God and helps us stay spiritually fresh. I have no doubt that my fellowship with other Christians has helped more than words can convey in keeping me spiritually alert and topped up. When for some reason I am not able to fellowship with other Christians, my spiritual life tends to sag. This is one of the laws of Christian life, and we ignore it to out peril.
Dr. E. Stanley Jones said, “The measure of our spiritual maturity can be and is measured by the breadth and depth of our capacity and willingness for fellowship.” Note the words “capacity” and “willingness”. This doesn’t mean working at enlarging our circle of fellowship- though for some it may mean that- but that we have the capacity and willingness to do it if God should so lead.
I know there are Christians in churches, fellowships and denominations whom I will never meet down here on earth, but I have the capacity and willingness to fellowship with them if God were to make it possible. We are only as mature as our willingness and capacity for fellowship. Therefore, if we cannot or do not want to fellowship with others who are truly Christ’s, then we are immature Christians….our basis ought to be this: everyone who belongs to Christ should belong to everyone else who belongs to Christ.’

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God Speaks

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Taken from Every Day With Jesus Bible, Selwyn Hughes, p.405

‘Then a voice came from the cloud saying: “This is My Son, the Chosen One; listen to Him!” -Luke 9:35
…It is significant that immediately following this statement, a cloud descended and “they became afraid as they entered the cloud.”
Where there is division, there will always be clouds. There are clouds over churches, and we fear as we enter those clouds. Why are we afraid? The answer is simple- division. Each denomination is thinking in terms of itself, is losing a sense of the collective unity. But out of the clouds comes a Voice. God speaks! The voice is one of evaluation and invitation: “This is My Son, the Chosen One; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35). The clouds will never lift and the fears will never depart until we listen to Christ. And what is He saying? This: “May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You” (John 17:21). Christ must be first, and the unity of His body must take priority over any denominational allegiance…’