Begin a Journey
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. That first step for me was listening in as my old friends R.C. Sproul Jr. and Laurence Windham held a powerful conversation on the subject of worldliness. That conversation, recorded as a Basement Tape, was the push that I needed to make a rather large step that began my journey. But to what exactly?
Journey to Where?
It has been a journey to something and away from something. A journey to the life spelled out in Scripture, that informs the motto of Highlands Ministries: to live a simple, separate, deliberate life, for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom.
What had I lacked before? All those things I think. And it was a journey away from the worldliness that had slowly crept into my life, tainting everything just a bit and moving me away from holiness in lots of little ways.
Small Changes, Large Impact
It started with a handful of theological and spiritual changes, gathered momentum with a physical relocation and went to light speed with the joining of a dynamic church community that is striving to be that city on a hill. And I’ve spent the past ten years surrounded by passionate Christian laymen and elders who are sold out for Christ. And that has made quite an impact on my vocation, my life and my vision.
During this radical change I sought to share with my Christian friends all that I had begun to value, but the conversations were unfruitful and frustrating; something was being lost in translation. Why the disconnect between what I was experiencing and what they were hearing? Or vice versa? And I know that this is a common experience for all of us. Our friends, our family, our co-workers miss what we’re saying; they can’t seem to get on the same page as us.
The Apostle Paul in Corinthians talks about the importance of unity in the body of Christ:
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (Corinthians 12:24-27).
That chapter rolls right into that famous chapter on love. Clearly unity and love are closely connected. If we Christians are divided on anything and yet we are all seeking the truth from Scripture then there is hope for unity and love. Can’t we listen to each other and learn from each other? Can we not talk close and not push the other away? Isn’t it possible to disagree on minor points and still pray for each other’s understanding on the major ones? I think we can.
We find ourselves here in America with hundreds of Christian denominations, but only one God. Clearly, as God’s people we’ve not fully grasped unity or love. Let’s start today. I, for my part, will strive to speak clearly and calmly and Edenically (as they would have spoken to each other in Eden) a concept my friend Laurence has championed, to bring us together for the sake of Christ and His kingdom.
Maybe we’ll not ever agree on everything but at least we’ll walk a little way together. And that’s a journey I’m eager to take.
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