Stretching our Boundaries



Daily reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Friday April 29, 2016

Focus passage: Christ didn’t send me to baptize but to preach the good news.  And Christ didn’t send me to preach the good news with clever words so that Christ’s cross won’t be emptied of its meaning.  The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed.  But it is the power of God for those of us who are being saved.  1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Hospitality, Christian formation, and unity are impossible dreams when we lock up and insist on not sharing with one another.  And it happens in more abstract ways when we insist on controlling other aspects of our shared ministry and community life.

Being part of the body of Christ means that we have to stretch our boundaries.  Celebrating diversity takes us out of our comfort zones and often times breeds insecurity.  

We may find that we value sameness, because it is safe and certain.  But when we welcome in those who are different than we are, that come from different congregations, or who have never been part of a congregation, who have different gifts and talents than we personally do, who see a way of embodying community in a new way, we are called to be flexible and to change.  We are called always to see the unity that comes from following Christ.

Prayer: God, in the places in the world where I find division, help me to be a bridge builder. In the places in my life where I find division, help me to see the fundamentals of unity and allow the things that are not essential to fall away. Amen.

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