walk in the word
4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. — 1 Corinthians 1:4, 8-9
I Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful by Whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.’ Our primary fellowship is with Jesus Christ. The residual fellowship is the relationship that we have with other people who share that relationship. The more genuine and transparent your intimacy with Jesus, the more that fellowship will affect all other relationships in your life. You say, “Well, James, I feel it’s going a lot better with me and the Lord than it is with me and other Christians.” Sometimes that’s because we bring secular ways of relating into our Christian relationships. We can see this in the level of our conversations. Let me encourage you to take your relationships with all Christians as deep as you possibly can.
Let’s go to this next level.
In fact, here are some pointers that will help you to get to the Spiritual Level:
Don’t rush – It’s alright to start at the Surface or Personal levels—but don’t get stuck there.
Go first – Demonstrate you can be trusted by trusting. Show them fellowship is two-way by disclosing something from your life in relation to God.
Be specific – Down with Christian platitudes, right? Enough with religious jargon—don’t use spiritual phrases or terms simply for effect. Be cautious with “Praise the Lord!” or “God is Good!” if you’re not ready to talk about what you mean. How about genuine, heartfelt, compassionate conversation? God help all of us to deepen the level of our interaction with one another.
Prayer:Father in heaven, thank You so much for all three levels of conversation. But thank You most for designing us to yearn for depth in relationships. Thank You for meeting us as we meet each other in honesty, integrity, and transparency before You. Thank You for the privilege of intimate fellowship with Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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