Follow the footsteps of the elders in the path of the freedom of the children of God; be not stupid like those who are hard of heart. It is better first, last, and at all times to do the will of Jesus.
- The Rule of Comghall (Irish, 6th or 8th century)
By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
- 1 John 2.5, 6
The present neglect of Church history on the part of many pastors and church leaders is not commendable. Believers in any generation are but the latest link in a chain of faith reaching all the way back to Adam. There is much we can learn from our forebears, and they have bequeathed to us much in the way of literature, culture, and example which is ours by right of our common citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
Celtic Christians built their communities on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ as the Cornerstone and the giants of Church history as the first story. Much of their wisdom, faith, vision, and boldness came from their interaction with their forebears in the faith, great and small. From them they learned to keep Jesus central and to walk in the path of martyrdom He exemplified and which He prepared for all His followers (Acts 1.8).
Faithful soul friends encourage one another to walk with Jesus day by day. This means immersing ourselves in the Word of God, bathing each moment of our lives in prayer, and keeping alert to every opportunity to serve or otherwise bear witness for Christ. A regular dose of the writings or example of our Christian forebears will strengthen any soul friendship. We will flourish in community with other Christians as we realize our purpose within the divine economy and walk the path our forebears walked in humble obedience to the Lord.
Soul friends will prove themselves to be in true communion as they spur and aid each other in walking the path that Jesus walked. And we all need friends like this in our lives.
Today in ReVision: The Power of Culture - How authentic is your own experience of Jesus?
This Week's Download: Soul Friends - Make several copies and challenge some friends to join you.