“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
Building on our theme from yesterday on the expectant waiting of Advent being bound together by Christ, we’re called today to examine what that means from the community standpoint. For it’s one thing for us as individuals to come together with Christ during this Advent season, but what if we as the Church came together as well during this time? What if we as faithful followers of Christ, strand by strand, came together in the strengthening hope of the coming Christ?
It’s through this growth together that our churches and our communities can experience transformation and resurrection. We can do so much more together than we can apart, and it’s clear throughout the Scriptures and the life of the church that the more we can connect, grow, and serve together, the more fruitful our lives will be. Never forget that as you are on your journey of faith, you can be lifting up and praying for your brother or sister in Christ on the journey as well.
As Paul says in Ephesians 4:15-16, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
– Pastor Matt