A Divergent Way di·ver·gent (dĭ-vûr′jənt, dī-) adj. 1. Drawing apart from a common point; diverging. 2. Departing from convention.
The first followers of Jesus were not called people of “the experience,” or the people of “right doctrine,” or the people of “moral values,” or even the people of “the church.” They were called the people of “the Way.” (Inangrace T. Dietterich)
They were not known, distinguished, or persecuted for their philosophy, ideas, or arguments. Their departing from convention had everything to do with the way they lived and the way the belonged together in that living.
They lived and walked as followers of Jesus, who they now called Lord and King. This unique way became funded by their distinct kind of community, in which the reconciling and transforming reign of Jesus became visible in their lives. And citizens of the Empire witnessed compassion, deep goodness, gentleness, hope, and a strange and powerful mercy and kindness among them. A Divergent Way.
The Letter to the Ephesians gives us a chance to revisit and realign our focus with that original, divergent vision. And the hope is that we might recapture more fully, what it means to draw apart from a normal existence to a life captured in the love and power of Jesus. That we might be divergent for the sake of the world.
I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:1-2).