Am I running?

19 01 2011

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1)

 

This verse has been on my mind today and last night as we talked at community group specifically about leaving everything behind to run after God. I think it is for this reason that God gave us fellowship. While our relationship with God is personal and one-to-one, I find it a lot easier to follow God when I am involved in true community and fellowship. While I am following God alone, it’s easier to rationalize away the scriptures, to make my own priorities higher than the Lord’s. But within the context of intentional community, there is always someone to give you tangible wisdom, to come alongside you and lead you back down the right path, or to say “I know what you are going through, I am going through it too.” Together, we can each throw off the sin that hinders us and together follow God, holding each other accountable and affirming each other along the way. This is why I am so thankful for my friends here in San Diego. When I come up against something that I can’t let go of, there are there to remind me that God is still in control and he is bigger than these slight problems. They are there to say, “I won’t let you give up.” And in the end, because of our fellowship, each of us grows in our personal relationship with God. One for all, all for one.

 

In His love,

Stacey

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