There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. —Ephesians 4:4-6
It is amazing to me how easy it is to focus on how different we are from others. We focus on how much people are not like us from our opinions to our emotional responses in the same situations. Some cry, some become depressed, and some get angry. We are different in the activities we enjoy, the styles we choose, the decor we prefer, and the vehicles we drive. Bottom line, we are different.
Different isn’t abnormal. Different isn’t bad. Different is just…well, different. The apostle Paul, through much wisdom and with understanding, draws our attention to all the ways in which we are alike. He uses the word one. One speaks of unity. One speaks of integration. One speaks of a union or a coming together, a joining. It is singular in heart, mind, and purpose. An important part of that purpose is to bring people to the Father. We want them to be baptized into the body and share in the Spirit of the family. As a part of the family, we all have one Hope.
Jesus is called the Blessed Hope. The hope for our salvation. The hope of our sanctification, and, finally, the hope of our final glorification. A hope that takes us from a stable to a throne room, a manger to a mansion. We may start out wide and broad, but the further we move along in the process, most of the things we disagree on don’t really matter. What matters is that we would be one with the Father and one with His Son Jesus.
What can I do today to bring unity, to bring integration, to bring Christlikeness, to bring someone into the family of God?
—Pastor Kathy Peaks