– [Scott Sauls] Inside the church,
inside Christian relationships, I think the one thing that we
often miss is the sanctifying effect that relationships and friendships are meant to
have. That there’s a spiritual component and when there is a spiritual component,
it means that our ultimate goal is formation into the likeness of Christ.
Much like Paul talks about in Ephesians 5 [v. 27], when he says that a husband is
to present his wife to Christ, holy, without blemish. And then you go to
Hebrews [10:24] where it talks about how we are to spur one another on toward love and
good deeds. So if you take that image of a spur and think about how it’s used with a
horse. You kick the side of the horse with the spur as an irritant,
not to injure the horse, but to spur the horse on,
to run at full capacity. And so, I think we miss that when we hit eject on
each other when relationships get tense or difficult inside the body of Christ when
somebody challenges somebody else on a character issue, instead of peacing
out on each other. We really need to press in instead of hitting eject.
We need to go deeper in those conversations realizing that when a
brother strikes me it’s nothing but a favor. When somebody points
out a character flaw or a deficit in us because the whole point of life is to grow
into the likeness of Christ and we need those others to help us see our blind
spots. We’re not great at that usually, but we need to cultivate
that art in our community.