By Jason Hoyt
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
One of the greatest aspects of BYX is the fact that we bring brothers together with all types of different backgrounds and gifts. We have brothers that excel in academics, excel in athletics, excel in graphics, excel in administration, excel in leaderships, excel socially. We have brothers that have grown up knowing Jesus nearly all their life and we have some that just met Jesus the summer before college. We have brothers from nearly every traditional orthodox Christian denomination all coming together under the common bond of Jesus Christ. I really do picture a BYX chapter meeting to be somewhat what our experience in heaven will be like with the diversity of skills, talents, and denominational backgrounds. I encourage and enjoy the mutual respect for differing traditions in our denominations.
Paul says in Ephesians that we are to live in a manner worthy of the calling and to be humble, gentle, and patient with one another. I believe this is all a part of Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another.” All these things should and do occur within the confides of our cell groups. Our older brothers in the faith are humble, gentle, and patient with our younger brothers in the faith as the Lord uses each other to grow in sanctification and affection for Jesus.
Thomas Chalmers writes, “A new affection is more successful in replacing an old affection than simply trying to end it without supplanting it with something better. That “something better” is a greater affection for Jesus.”
Our fraternal brotherhood serves as an avenue for the Lord to sharpen iron through one another and grow in our relationship with Christ. Ask yourself whether that is happening in your life through your brothers, through your cell group, through your big brother or little brother?