In our house we have a teapot infuser designed hold the tea leaves or herbs which are immersed in boiling water to allow the flavours to penetrate and give taste to the water.
Paul wrote to the early church exhorting them to live as communities of people infused with the mind-set of Jesus. It’s worth us pausing to ask what is it about the way we live our lives, both as individuals and as faith communities, that might reveal this Christ-infusion?
An example of such a life is offered by Paul in his description of Epaphroditis. Paul painted a picture of a man living in difficult times who was infused with the mindset of Jesus. He served the church without reservation. He left his small faith community to travel and take gifts to help another believer in a different and difficult place. He helped Paul with his practical needs and is described as a co-worker and brother by Paul. He was trustworthy, dependable, and had a heart willing to serve the church even to the point of grave illness and possible death. What a wonderful example we have been given in this man, someone ordinary, like us, who loved the Lord and served him by serving the church. As an ordinary believer Epaphroditis had allowed his attitudes and actions to be infused with the mindset of Christ.
The image of Jesus infusing us reminds us we are tasked with looking and tasting more and more like Christ.
I see among our diverse association of churches countless ways where the mindset of Jesus is infusing the actions and attitudes of our church communities. I see the tiredness that arises from the constant uncertainty and unpredictability of our present Covid-19 season. I also see the determination to remain living as communities of hope serving those within our faith community and those in our wider community.
In this my final article as the President of BCSA I want to encourage all in our churches by the following words – let’s sing them to each other as we live Jesus-infused lives.
Brother, sister let me serve you,The Servant Song by Richard Gillard
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I may have the grace
To let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey
We are travellers on a road
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load