For those of you who are reading who are not familiar with Cornerstone Church, we meet periodically as formal members to discuss Church business. Items on the agenda (and yes there is a written agenda) include things like budget updates, facility review, and staffing. Sounds amazing doesn't it? Oh but it is, for our meetings also include the opening of God's Word, accountability, humility, conviction of sins, commands of the Lord, rejoicing in Christ, and the magnifying of God. Tears were shed. Love abounded. Grace overflowed. God's glory was on display. It was beautiful.
Ephesians 4:16 states, “the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Last night I witnessed such building.
It is a shame that more people do not experience such amazing and equipping grace. The reason for this is that, too often, Christians want to keep everyone at an arm's distance. They want to approach Church like they approach the TV. Watch it, but don't have a relationship with it. Why? Relationships can be messy.
But it is in the mess, that we find Christ.
In the partnership of the Gospel we see our sin...we see our needs... and most importantly we see the love of God. Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” My sin is always on display. I am at times prideful. I am at times inpatient. I am at times unloving. I can confidently sing, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.”
Yet...Christ died for me. This is a display of God's amazing love. He didn't die for me because I am awesome. He died for me because he loves me.
At times, this reality seems distant. But at times, such as last night, it felt very near. For I saw the love of Christ flowing through sinners onto sinners. The members last night did not have conditions upon their love. They loved because they loved. It is truly a wonderful blessing to be a part of.
So I stand with Paul when he says in Philippians 1:3-5 - “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. “