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Ephesians 4:15-16, But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
There is a saying, “You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” We are so quick to take things for granted, especially people. We do not realize how much the people around us mean to us until they are gone. When there is a stay at home order from the government which is close to a month long, being distanced from one another physically and unable to gather as we are called to, really drives home Paul’s point in Ephesians 4. We are part of Christ’s body meant to build up one another as we work properly together.
I felt this more than ever as we worshiped for the online service yesterday. It was good to worship and praise God and to feel His presence. Yet, there was a strong feeling of discontent within me. Things were not the same with only a small group there. It was the same feeling as being at a family gathering with part of the family missing. Only this time it was the majority of the family who were not there. I am sure I am not the only one who has this sort of feeling over the past several weeks. Thankfully, we can know this is not God’s intention for us. He will not leave us here, but will lead us through this time.
Paul talks multiple times about God reconciling us all to Himself. Here he says God is knitting us together as ligaments in the body. He is leading us closer to Himself and closer to one another. God wants us to experience His grace through one another so we can grow closer to Christ and His body at the same time. It is my hope and prayer to God that during this time we will recognize how He has worked through others in our lives and renew a hunger in us to fellowship together and to be built up as the body of Christ.
We still do not know when we will be able to meet or what gathering as the body of Christ will look like over the next couple of months, but regardless of what it looks like I encourage you to stay involved. Don’t let yourself get accustomed to the social distancing and let isolation become the norm. It is something we need to do to remain healthy in the midst of the pandemic, but God has created us to be avenues through which He can pour out His grace. Let’s look forward with joy and expectation to the day when we will again experience the grace of God flowing through us to others and flowing through them to us. Please continue to be connected to the church and one another through email, one the phone, by video conferencing online, or whatever means are safe and responsible. God wants to work in all our lives through our brothers and sisters in Christ and for us to work properly together to build up, encourage, and strengthen the body of Christ.
In Christ, Pastor Jon