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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…’

God’s Mysteries

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From ‘I Stand at the Door and Knock’ by Corrie Ten Boom

‘In 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Paul talks about Christ’s servants who have been entrusted with God’s mysteries… What are they? Well, we can read about them in the Bible. God has revealed them to us. We understand a lot about mysteries once we have opened our hearts to the Lord Jesus. He reveals them to us through His Spirit. And we should pass them on. I will mention one of them, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

If we are prepared to accept this amazing mystery of God, we need to pass it on. We need to be faithful and spread the news about this amazing truth and many other truths. It makes us so happy and thankful to know such a mystery. And what does God expect us to do? He expects us to be faithful, that is all. Love and obedience go together. But our task is not a small one. Paul talks about it: we are Christ’s messengers, God’s way of bidding us to be reconciled with Him.

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). It meant that each Christian should be a missionary. You in your small corner, and I in mine. Is it possible? Of course it is. Second Timothy 1:7 says, “For God did not give us a Spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” We need not rely on our own capabilities, but on God’s. We need not depend on our limited strength, but on His unlimited power. Does this really mean that each Christian, whether called to be a housewife, a factory worker, or a tradesman, is in charge of God’s mysteries? Are they stewards of His mysteries?

My father had a watchmaker’s shop. He would sometimes say to me, “My name is on the shop, while it’s God’s name that should be on it. I’m a watchmaker by the grace of God.” Each Christian is building the kingdom of God, no matter whether you’re a watchmaker, a mason, a housewife,or a professor, or wherever you may be called to be.

You can be quite original about your calling. A little while ago I was talking to a coal merchant. He told me he had two telephones beside each other. “Quite often I have two conversations using both phones,” he said. “Down one I am giving spiritual care, and I talk about the Lord Jesus, while on the other one I’m taking an order for coal. It means they can both hear what I’m saying, I will ask the second one to wait a minute, and meanwhile he will be hearing the Word of God. When I have finished, I will ask, ‘How much coal do you need?’” That is how he understood his calling to be a steward of God’s mysteries and simultaneously a steward of the coal business.

We are only asked to be faithful. Isn’t it wonderful that we don’t even need to try and be faithful relying on our own strength? In Galatians 5:22 we read about the fruit of the Spirit which also includes faithfulness. We will work together: He who commands us to be faithful on the one hand and us on the other. Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” Holding Jesus’ hand, we remain faithful. And we can see our calling, even though everything may seem dark and lost. …’

Faithful One

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I find a hope within, to call my own
For I am frail of heart, my strength is gone
But deep within my soul, is rising up a song
Here in the comfort of the Faithful One.

I walk a narrow road, through valleys deep
In search of higher ground, on mountains steep
And though with feet unsure, I still keep pressing on
For I am guided by the Faithful One.

Faithful, faithful to the end
My true and precious friend.
You have been faithful
Faithful, so faithful to me.

I see your wounded hands, I touch your side
With thorns upon your brow, You bled and died
But there’s an empty tomb, a love for all who come
And give their hearts to you, the Faithful One

Faithful, faithful to the end
My true and precious friend.
You have been faithful
Faithful, so faithful to me.

And when the tale is gone, and when the race is run
I will bow down before God’s only Son
And I will lift my hands, in praise for all you’ve done
And I will worship you, my Faithful One. 

Sung by ‘Selah’ with Christy Nockels, on their album ‘Bless The Broken Road’