This is completely unfamiliar territory for me. For my entire life, I dont think Ive ever been in a strong community truly united under Christ. My home church was/is dead and is slowly being revived by the grace of God and my university is a wicked house of Satan. Ive always had a few spiritual mentors and brothers and sisters who have joined me in running hard after God, but for the most part, I dont think Ive ever experienced Godly and united corporate fellowship.

After spending 2 weeks here with the SMI team, I realized that I am in love with people who are in love with Jesus. I love to hear what God is doing in other peoples hearts. I just havent seen enough of that in my past experiences. Jesus prayed, Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are (John 17:11). The love that unifies the church is supposed to be a sign and a wonder to the world around us. But I almost find it easier to be the only Christian in a secular environment. With other Christians around me, its easy to compete for influence and attention and to boast and its much harder to be humble and to bless those who even might offend you.

God is taking me through a season of consecration. Im learning the evil intent of my thoughts and desires and just asking the Holy Spirit to help me renounce those things. If I receive a revelation of more of the character of Christ Jesus, then I can be empowered to live in His likeness. I know that He will establish all of us blameless in holiness, but we continue to war against our sinful natures.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself (Philippians 2:3).

– Chris

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