There are some lines we’ll never forget. This is one of mine…
A peer once asked our counselor / teacher if he works with non-Christians. His reply; “Yes, and I’ll work with the non-Christian in you, too.”
Such a succinct reminder to me that God is always at work in each of our lives. Yes, I have a marker in my life where I first acknowledged God’s work in my life– but I need his saving work today as much as I did the first time.
At Mosaic we say, “God saved us, he’s saving us, and he will save us.”
Why do I bring this up today? Well, as part of the reimagining Mosaic conversation we’ve been looking at what we feel God first called us to do when we started Mosaic — and to re-examine if that is still what he calls us to.
One thing that we have always articulated about Mosaic is that we hope to create a church community that would enable people who may not be comfortable or willing to step into a more traditional church to find a home among us– to be a church for the other and for non-Christians.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the non-Christian in all of us — those of us who have grown up following Jesus, those who started following him at 15, 30, and 50 — we all have parts of us that we have not yet allowed God to work in.
Am I willing to journey with others and myself through all the places that God has yet to work? In my experience it’s hard work. It’s hard to recognize, admit and move forward in the areas I fall short of who God calls me to. It’s hard to love the parts of others where they have not yet allowed God to work.
So I once again am reminded of the importance of loving one another – the Christian and non-Christian in each of us, of sticking with each other as God works in each of us and every part of us. I still want to create a space where God can work in the non-Christian parts of all of us.
All of this has reminded me of what it says in Philippians; “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.”