In light of so much of the tension & anxiety that we are faced with every day (in the world as a whole, the logistics of our lives, the various dynamics & relationships in our church and even in our own minds as we contend with our own identity) I have been meditating on Ephesians 4.3 which states: "Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." A few things jump out at me regarding this verse: 1) The Holy Spirit has already provided us with unity, it is not something we need to create. BUT 2) Effort is required to maintain what the Spirit has already provided. So I am asking you as the SPV church family to both acknowledged & "lay hold of" that which is already true according to the Spirit and at the same time that we would all make an effort with our thoughts & actions to maintain what the Holy Spirit has done/ is doing. "Making an effort" for some of us might simply mean to not be a jerk & for others it might mean to not be easily offended & for others it might have more to do with forgiving those who have wronged or hurt you. Trust me, all of those are very relevant to me personally at the moment & I feel completely inadequate & I am...But The Holy Spirit. Before I do anything I am choosing to rest & acknowledge what the Holy Spirit has already done & is continuing to do & I hope you all will "make every effort " to join me in that. Have an amazing week.
Pastor Chris Cahall
Chris loves Jesus & despises religion. Journey with him to dig a little deeper into your faith.