{John 17:20-21; ESV}

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

For too long, we've been encouraged by a solution-focused, make-it-work culture to flee to human mountains when life gets tough, when emotional distress and relational tensions and financial struggles threaten to undo us. We've been aiming at an earthbound, this-world version of the blessed life. We've been counseled, medicated, religiously entertained and inspired, exhorted, distracted, and formula-directed long enough. We've lost our focus on spiritual living.

We need a safe place for weary pilgrims. It's time to put our political campaigns and ego-driven agendas and building programs and church activities and inspiring services on the back burner. We need to dive into the unmanageable, messy world of relationships, to admit our failure, to identify our tensions, to explore our shortcomings. We need to become the answer to our Lord's prayer, that we become one the way He and the Father are one.

Larry Crabb, The Safest Place on Earth, p. 19

Questions to consider:

  • Why should Christians focus on relationships?
  • How are political campaigns, building programs, and other church activities obstacles to developing real and healing relationships?
  • Why do relationships often get so messy?


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