Submit to Each Other (Become One)

The Jesus – God relationship is what our relationship (you and me) is to reflect.

Ephesians 5:21

Also Philippians 2:3
John 17, verses 11 and 22
Romans 14:5,

Submission: one of the more difficult areas of Faith.  Submit to a group, organization, individual person, God alone.  What is God’s will?  How is it qualified, quantified?  Confusion and competition when so many people and organizations want our attention, obedience.

We need to focus on Christ.

I foster the personal side of our relationship with God; where God communicates with us (substitute the word “me” for “us”) directly, unencumbered, open, raw — a relationship available for believers and non-believers, on an individual level.  (Admittedly, it would be hard for an unbeliever to have this personal thing going on while not believing).

I consider this relationship:

higher – it lives in Heaven above Earthly standards
more important – directly influencing
deeper – the most meaningful
our story – what we were meant for
further – wears better, like some old tattered jeans
more encompassing – a relationship without bounds
beyond – not held by Earthly bonds

Example:  As a Christian Musician, an ability not mentioned very much in this blog, I run across songs and instrumentals, or let’s say, ‘some melodies with words attached’ and ‘melodies without words’.  I am inspired by both! and I know both would be inspiring to Christians in the context of worship.  Yet when meeting with church musicians and pastors, I usually discover a much different view of which piece of music is “inspiring”, with the vast majority are “melodies with words attached”.  It causes me to wonder if we are losing the art of instrumental music in our worship services?

Do I listen to what I deem an “urging”, the call of the “Spirit within”, or not?

Do I start a discussion about the “best music”?  And, most likely, an ensuing argument resulting in winners and losers jostling as dominant personalities maintain dominance; but hopefully not.

Why be partial Christian when living higher, fuller is better?

For fellowship to happen, as a community living in true Faith, the community must foster:

listening – reaching for their viewpoint
conceptualizing – working through details
carrying forth – actualize what a sister or brother in the Faith explains to you

The Christian Faith is conceptualized from differing backgrounds, paths, and insights and, subsequently, how to apply this understanding in living out the Faith may show unique insights contrasting your own understanding; and quite likely, contrast diverse church traditions.  But, then again, an insight . . .

💡 LIGHT BULB! 💡 (My apologies to Gru.)

. . .for sharing our individual Faith with each other.  There are differences in how Christians chase the Faith, and all the while stay within the bounds of our Faith (Romans 14:5 A particular day is celebrated otherwise between believers).  Calling on another concept hand in hand with Philippians 2:3 as we think more highly of someone else.

Recognize healthy differences in the Faith.

Even more, God requires relationship between believers.  This essay began illustrating one person sharing to a group.  In reality we dialogue with each other.  Which, in my opinion, incorporates John 17, verses 11 and 22, as Jesus prayed for believers to be “one” — a “one-ness” mirroring the relationship of Jesus and God.

Jesus, as the Bible recounts His final prayers, wanted unity in us, the believers, you and me: for us to be one.  But, we tend to rally around a central figure — Martin Luther, John Calvin, George Fox, Charles Wesley (just to name a very few) — consenting to follow a narrowed pattern of theological understanding and interpretation.  Narrowed, because no theologian can include every thought about Christ; and leaves out ideas, traditions, realities some believers want.  They end up leaving your enclave to begin something else; which, in turn, most likely emphasizes certain theological understandings while neglecting others, possibly even intentionally neglecting them but not because the ideas are wrong.  It is also possible when leaving in order to find their spiritual needs they simply leave to be on their own.

 

Why be partial Christian when living higher, fuller is better?

 

The relationship each of us can share with God: A two-way street.  We speak to God and God speaks to us.

Then we speak / listen to each other.

-Jeff

 

Sideline thought:

Questions:  What is the friendship God has with unbelievers (He does influence their minds and behavior)?  So, what kind of a relationship are believers to have with non-believers?

I know believers just might complain about God carrying-on to the unbelieving, but consider, after all, God is not “our” God alone.  But God always calls, reaches, and touches the unbeliever, seeking to show His true Self.  That those within and without His true family might submit to Himself, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Author: myasceticnotebook

Hi, I'm Jeff. Husband, Father, Christian musician. Free-thinker in Christ.

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