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Common Ground

Common Ground

24 March 2009

Scripture:

When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22 NLT)

Observation and Application:

The past few days a very eclectic group gathered in a home in the San Juan Islands to discuss our own discipleship journey and to explore how we can more effectively influence others to follow Jesus.

We gathered from every corner of the nation – about 20 of us – an amazing kaleidoscope of denomination, doctrine, and practice. Among us were theologians (I guess we all are theologians at some level), pastors, teachers, authors, and experimenters. Our little group included twenty-somethings and sixty-somethings, all committed to following Jesus and all seeking the next steps forward.

I had only met one other person in the group, the friend who invited me, but as we told our stories, sharing our victories (some) and our failures (many) and our frustrations (more) and asked our questions (all) we discovered common ground.

I came home with my head full, my heart stirred, and my soul refreshed. I came home with a fresh realization that across this nation and across denominations and across generations there is a family (an army?) of disciples of Jesus Christ who are personally, passionately, and painfully committed to following the Lamb wherever he goes and who are seeking common ground with fellow-pilgrims.

Prayer:

Father, thanks for an incredible opportunity to discover common ground. Thanks for reminding me that it’s easy to discover common ground when I’m not defending my turf. Thanks for reminding me of the kaleidoscopic beauty created when the Son shines through our broken fragments!  Amen.

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