(Well, we didn’t really mean to “take a day off” ourselves, after that last post.)
Yesterday being the Annual Meeting at our church, we’ve again come across verses this morning that fit so well–not only with church meetings, but with friends on lj!
But first: our favourite version, The Message, needs some explanation of the first verse (Ephesians 4:1).
“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk–better yet, run!–on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.”
It’s the idea of running instead of walking that just doesn’t strike the best sort of chord… mind you, that’s what children prefer, and we are to “become as little children”. But the other versions say to be “worthy of the people God has chosen” (CEV) and “live a life that measures up to the standard God set” (GNB); which I suppose is explained in the words about not “sitting around on your hands” or “strolling off down some path that goes nowhere”.
Okay! Now for the rest of the scripture:
“And mark that you do this with humility and discipline–not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.
You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.
But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.” (Ephesians 4:2-7)
(That last verse is the part that especially fits for lj.) There’s a lot there one could discuss… like staying together “both outwardly and inwardly”, meaning that you shouldn’t fake it and just pretend to get along, I suppose. And “called to travel on the same road and in the same direction”… what does that make you think of? Of course, one must remember that The Message is not for deep study; however, it’s certainly good to get one thinking!