Dear Church Family:
In his book Invitation to a Journey, M. Robert Mulholland tells the following story:
It is said that one gloomy day, Dwight L. Moody visited a man who had expressed some interest at one of Moody’s meetings. Moody was ushered into a comfortable room with a fire blazing on the hearth. After some gracious preliminary conversation, the man began to argue that it was possible for a person to be a Christian without participating in the life of the church. As he made his elaborate and detailed arguments, Moody leaned forward in his chair, took the poker and pulled a flaming coal from the fire out onto the stone hearth. Moody watched as the coal slowly dimmed and went out. He then turned and looked at the man, without saying anything. After a long pause the man said “Mr. Moody, you have made your point!”
We can no more be formed in the image of Christ outside of corporate spirituality than a coal can continue to burn bright outside of the fire.
In this period of social distancing, it may have been difficult for you to maintain your fire, being separated from your brothers and sisters in Christ. Now that we are in the position to be able to return to the assembly, don’t be afraid to let that fire be returned to your spirit!