“Secular” and “Spiritual” These aren’t lines that God draws, but we often do. What if we learned to live life without lines? During our gathering last week we discussed this a bit, using this passage…
I love the word, “immerse”. It brings to mind images of diving deep underwater, surrounded side to side, above and below with water. If you go in any direction, you just find more water. That’s how we’re meant to live, immersed in Jesus. That means when we’re at work, play, school, raising kids, or attending a church gathering, we’re aware of who we are in Christ how that influences the way we live.
When Paul says, ‘rejoice always, pray without ceasing’, he is talking about a lifestyle. A constant awareness of our life in Christ, no matter what we’re doing or where we are. The first and most important step in living a life without lines is prayer. As we press into Jesus and find ourselves completely in him, the Holy Spirit brings about the rest.
I’m excited to see what life will be as we continue to learn to live immersed in Christ. I firmly believe that as we do, not only will we be transformed as individuals, but the church will look more like Jesus as we exhort (enourage to action) and love one another. Our life without lines will bleed out from the church and into the surrounding culture with the tranformational, saving power of Jesus!
12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. (ESV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (ESV)