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24th October 2023


Christian Relationships

Paul’s letter to the Philippians brings into focus some of the differing roles we serve in as God’s children.
We have seen how Epaphroditus was Paul’s sibling, fellow servant (co-worker) & fellow soldier.
All, & each, of these roles, responsibilities & relationships shapes us as individuals & as the body of Christ.
We are part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14) & we live & serve as part of that body together.
Siblings, servants & saints making up the Body of Christ as saints of the Most High God. Hallelujah!!
A recap & some further reflections on siblings, servants & soldiers today.


I have thought it necessary to send to you our brother Epaphroditus, who has worked and fought by my side and who has served as your messenger in helping me. Phillippians 2:25 Good News Translation


We are intimately connected & linked together as the Lord’s people.
Firstly, intimately linked to Christ who is the head (Colossians 1:18), source & strength of all that we are. |
We are also intrinsically & intimately linked to one another. One body with many parts (1 Corinthains 12:20).
Each part being important & contributing to the overall functioning of the body.
We need Jesus & we need one another for growth & development in the Christian life.
Dependant on the Lord & interdependent upon one another. SELAH

These relationships & dynamics start the moment we enter into life & new birth ‘In Christ’.
Like much of the Christian life it is a combination of God’s sovereignty & man’s responsibility.
The Spirit of God leads the process, but it requires our partnership & ongoing cooperation.
We need to work at & develop our relationship with the Lord & with one another.
As we do so we grow & mature as individuals & as a community of the Lord’s people.
This will likely take a lifetime to master but love is the key that fosters & facilitates all this.
Loving the Lord & loving His people is the Jesus way that me must imitate & follow.
Humility & honouring others above ourselves are the way to follow Christ & move forward in His ways.

The body of Christ is made up of many siblings, servants & soldiers.
Each one with their unique & special part to play & contribute.
Different & diverse but all equally loved & valued by the Lord.
The key thing is that we are all contributing & doing all we can to fulfil the Lord’s call upon our lives.
We are one body, one body In Christ. None of us stands alone!! SELAH


For Reflection

  • How am I developing my relationship with Jesus, the head of the body?
  • In what ways am I deepening my relationship with my fellow siblings, servants & soldiers?
  • Meditate upon what it means to be fellow siblings, servants & soldiers in the Body of Christ.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You call each one of us into your family through Christ,
And that You have assigned each one of us a uniquely important part & function to play.
Jesus thank you that you are the head of the body,
The source, strength & resource for all we are & do.
Holy Spirit keep me humble & help me to honour & respect others,
Faithfully serving you whilst supporting my fellow siblings, servants & soldiers.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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