Most of the people I know can pinpoint things they have read or which someone has said to them that impacts them at a visceral level. Mr. Gerald Prater, my 8th grade homeroom and social studies teacher, told me he was going to intellectually emancipate me. I was 13. Here is it 57 years later and I remember it as if I was just standing in his classroom. I’m sure you have memory of another’s words which still reverberate in your mind, irrespective of the time passed.
Earlier this week I came across a statement, “God calls us not to solitary sainthood but to fellowship in a company of committed men.”1 Although it was stated at a time when gender neutral terms were atypical, the statement still struck a chord, absent allusions to sainthood and more so about with whom I feel most at home. I believe it’s true that most of us feel more “at home” with some than with others, meaning feeling free to be completely relaxed and open, without any façade.
I read this in the early morning and noodled on it the rest of the morning. With whom do I feel most at home? I hadn’t considered the question before, and it seemed important to be able to answer, particularly since I know a lot of people in varying degrees and am almost always crossing paths with more. It comes with the territory of what I do.
The answer came. While I desire to love and care for everyone, I find that I am most at home when I fellowship in the company of committed believers whose love and hunger for GOD removes all pretense, false faces and artificial barriers. It is with them that very little needs to be explained. We intuitively know and understand one another. Acknowledging this to myself is freeing. It is a new level of spiritual emancipation.
Upon further reflection, it should not have been all that surprising that the Spirit led me down this path and to this conclusion. It is consistent with the mind of Christ. Once, when His mother and brothers were looking for Him, thinking to take Him home because of the public spectacle they were afraid He had become, He said when told that they were outside seeking Him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, He said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:47-50).
With whom do you feel most at home?
- David S. Schuller. Found in Deep Fire, compiled by Harold Vaughn, p. 189.
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