3 We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 4 We’ve done this since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all God’s people. 5 You have this faith and love because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You previously heard about this hope through the true message, the good news, 6 which has come to you. This message has been bearing fruit and growing among you since the day you heard and truly understood God’s grace, in the same way that it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
What is the most we can hope for from a church? Surely it is that the Christian community is constituted by an inner wisdom and understanding that bears the fruit commensurate with the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice — a strength that partners with the weak, a gentle tenacity to see things through, a joyous and grateful spirit, an integration of the light and darkness within you, and a willingness to “sell all” for the Commonwealth. This inner wisdom is its own reward, sowing the seeds of wholeness and compassion. It is the definition of the messianic, the God-process, within you and in the world.