Later today, my co-pastor Mike and I will meet to pray together. For almost five years, we’ve done this nearly every Friday. And these times of prayer have become the center of both our friendship and our shared ministry. We say that our greatest strength as co-pastors is that we pray well together, and would both agree that our friendship has been a case of “iron sharpening iron” (Proverbs 27:17). Such kinds of spiritual friendship are gifts from God, and they should be prized.
I’ve learned a lot from Mike, and from God, through this gift of friendship. And today I have a post about some of those lessons published on the Conversations Journal Blog. It’s called When God Chooses Friends For Us. The title comes from the words of C. S. Lewis: “Christ, who said to the disciples ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,’ can truly say to every group of Christian friends, ‘You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another'” (The Four Loves [New York: Harcourt Brace 1988] p. 89). Thanks be to God that He chooses us not just for himself, but for fellowship with one another.