Living “among” meant their relationship had many levels.
Yes, there was a spiritual level, where they worshipped, prayed and dug into Scripture together. But living among also included many other areas of life: moments of sharing meals, spending time together, and enjoying each other’s company. Living among would mean celebrating life’s highs together and helping/being there in hard times. Living among would also mean knowing one another deeply, being able to apply God’s truth individually, knowing each other’s strengths and struggles.
It took time.
It took effort.
And it didn’t happen everywhere God led Paul to go. But it happened in Ephesus.
We should expect the same. Those deep relational results won’t come everywhere God calls us to go. But just because they don’t happen everywhere God calls you, that doesn’t mean they can’t and shouldn’t happen somewhere.
They just won’t happen accidentally or without proximity.
We dug into this full passage inside SWHW this week, and even though I already blew the ending for you, if those are the kind of relationships you’re craving in your life, I’d love to invite you to join us for a verse-by-verse look at how Paul + his leaders got there and you and those around you can get there too.