Is there Any?

Any Christian is kidding themselves if they don’t experience bouts of “what-the-heck-is-this-Jesus-thing”. Even a quick glimpse at the Psalms (the emotional boxing ring in Scripture) shows the Psalmist questioning God almost as much as he praises him.

This can make for a pretty rough road, especially if you subscribe to just-me-and-Jesus-holdin’-down-the-fort-Christianity. There has been a notable shift in our culture for a fondness of words like “community”, “collective” and “together”, but unfortunately our default spiritual setting still usually reads “Lone Ranger”. But when the spiritual roller coaster kicks back down the hill it can be difficult to keep in sight the awe of Jesus that was so clear a few days earlier.

This is why Paul says in Philippians 2:1-2, “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

My translation would read, “Are you standing on the mountain-top? Are you being refreshed by Spirit? Are you finding finding yourself particularly overwhelmed by the goodness of Jesus? Then please, by all means, share the wealth. Don’t horde what is happening in your soul but encourage your spiritual family around you. Trust me, you’ll need it from them next week. This is the beauty of belonging to a community.  We share our spiritual insights and crisis’ alike.”

As for me, some of the most challenging times in my life have been relieved not by an epic fast or a marathon devotional time in Scripture but by hearing other Christians pray. So if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, find the courage to share that with someone. You just may find yourself on the receiving end the next week.