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The Importance of Being Faithful, part 2

August 10, 2010

by Jeremiah Kim

A few weeks ago I wrote a post with the title “The Importance of Being Faithful, part 1” that suggested that the journey toward soul transformation is more often long and arduous than not and requires our utmost commitment. True transformation hinges not on the power of the initial encounter, but the continued steps we take in hearing and heading the call of God on our lives. Faithfulness then is the vehicle in which we are allowed to experience meaningful and lasting soul change. But, as suggested in the title, there is another part of faithfulness, a part two. Simply put, it’s important to be faithful because, not only is faithfulness required for the long journey, but as members of your community, we need you to be faithful to the process.

The Scriptures are full of exhortations for deep relationship starting from the very first book – “It is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18) – throughout the Old Testament – “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) – and on to the New – “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2). Yet, for a generation that has sought to take the idea of “community” to new heights, we fall woefully short of walking together, let alone doing our lives together. It seems that we are more adept at talking about what makes community and life happen than actually doing it, and of this, I am champion.

But the reality is that for all the talk about radical change and a whole new way to do things, we simply need followers of Christ committed to see things through.

We need you. We need you to be faithful, to yourself, to your community, to the Kingdom. We live amongst a generation of skeptics and cynics that desperately need to see the character and priorities of Jesus modeled faithfully by followers of Christ. And, we are each vital members of communities that just as desperately need both you and I to model authentic dependency when the future seems cloudy with a chance of showers.

When the rubber meets the road, we need brothers to call in the dead of the night to confess to and sisters to hear us out. And as it is with most things, it wasn’t until I was desperately in need of such a community that I was challenged to be that source of community for another.

The writer of 1 Peter writes, “above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:7) This is already after Jesus told his closest followers to “love one another…by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13: 34-35)

Are you known by your love? Not in some ethereal or metaphorical sense, but is your love manifested in an actual community of believers that you have committed yourself to?

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