GOD'S COVENANT LOVE: celebrating 30 years of God's Faithfulness in Covenant Community [Go to Table of Contents]
 
 
Putting God at the Center
By Sue Cummins
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.  John 15:12-13
As a teenager I had a close relationship with the Lord.  I wanted to live for God and to help others know his love.  I was very moved by the words from John 15:13, "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."  I asked God to give me opportunities to lay down my life for others.  I longed to share my life with people who put God at the center of their lives. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was longing for and praying for Christian community.  God heard my prayers and brought me into Christian community when I was twenty.

As I look back over 30 years of life in community, I am grateful to God for his faithfulness and love.  He gave me a group of people who love him and who loved me.  More importantly, he gave me a place to love and many opportunities to lay down my life for others.  Christian community has provided me a context in which to live out my life as a disciple of Christ. 

As a woman living single for the Lord, I am encouraged by those who share the same vocation, but I am also encouraged and called on to greater holiness by the dedicated married couples who share their lives with me in community.  Seeing them face trials and temptations with courage and perseverance gives me the courage to persevere.  Their children bring me joy.  I am grateful to my brothers and sisters for responding to God's call.  I am grateful to the Lord for giving us the grace to commit our lives to one another. May we never take this great gift for granted!

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Sue Cummins is a senior women's leader in The Sword of the Spirit.  She teaches high school and serves in University Christian Outreach and Detroit Community Outreach.
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