Recently a church member was asked, “Do you have a spiritual friend?” The reply…”I have a lot of spiritual friends”. Digging deeper, “Do you have a friend that is helping you move toward Christlikeness?” …?
Tim Keller, author of The Meaning of Marriage states “Spiritual friendship is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.”
Defined in the recently published Mentor Relationship brochure, Spiritual Friendship is “a relationship between friends who focus on each other’s soul care and spiritual journey. Mutual love and respect spurs the other on to become what God wants them to be – with the end result being spiritual transformation. In short, it’s two friends, one direction, toward Christ”.
I am convinced that disciples are best make in relationships. Spiritual Friends, Mentors, Coaches, and Spiritual Directors are catalysts in one’s transformation. They play key roles in the spiritual development of individuals and groups. This does not diminish the work of the Holy Spirit or the power of God’s Word, but the Bible is filled with examples of people doing life together in movement toward God’s plan and purpose for their lives.
As you know, like a father with his own children, we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:11–12 (HCSB)