“…that’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you–every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks.” (Ephesians 1.15–16)
The church on pilgrimage must grow (up) into “solid trust” (NIV: “faith” and NLT: “strong faith”) in Jesus. First, the church on pilgrimage has no place to lay her head. Like her master, she is constantly on the move…perhaps in the same neighborhood and/or city…nevertheless, constantly on the move. Why?
Because, like her master, the church on pilgrimage has been tasked to “go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” God reigns, period. And so, the church on pilgrimage provides shoeboxes for a classroom activity at the neighborhood elementary school, cooks and delivers meals to a family across town that most have never met, opens the backyard daily for kids in the neighborhood to play, searches the Scriptures for Christ and his heart-altering power over cold beverages, prays that friends who are not following Jesus may grow to understand his love, and partners with servants of God in Ecuador and Argentina helping to plant gospel seeds among the nations.
The church on pilgrimage can hardly sleep, because she wants so deeply…more than anything else…to be like…her husband. For, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.” The church on pilgrimage journeys together toward Christ. There is no other way to be fit for service in the kingdom.
“But I do more than thank. I ask–ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory–to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him–endless energy, boundless strength!” (Ephesians 1.17–19)