Foundations For Our Future (Special 6)
Foundations for Our Future (Special #6)
by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler
To follow Jesus Christ for a lifetime requires great fortitude, and perseverance. It is always a gift of grace, but it is hard won. The scriptures tell us that God is at work in believers, to will and to work his good pleasure, but we are also told we must work out our own salvation. There is the paradox.
Scriptures also paint a clear picture of our need for one another if we are to be faithful. We all need someone beside us who wants only God’s will for their life and for ours. There is a reason the Lord Jesus sent out his first disciples “two by two,” and why it was good for Adam to “have a helpmate.” We are stronger when someone walks with us.
God’s primary plan for that to be true is what the church calls Holy Matrimony. God desires a faithful man and woman, united in lifelong marriage, to be the foundation of his church and his world. They are to be a discipling cell from which the life of Christ can flourish and multiply.
But it is not always so. When, for whatever reason, we are not united in a marriage built on common faith, prayer, and worship, we must find that spiritual partner or partners. Men must find another man or two, woman must find female companions. They must discover together a way to walk in partnership and obedience to Jesus.
Never has the church, nor the world, needed this more.