20th June 2012

Let’s Stay Glued Together

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance…”
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)

We have a bit of a problem when the New Testament is translated into English, because in our language we use “you” to refer to the singular and the plural.  As a result of this, if we are not careful, we sometimes read chunks of Paul’s letters thinking that the “you” is referring to singular Christians instead of our worldwide fellowship of all Christians, in the body of Christ. We cannot, and are not, expected to function as Christians on our own. Every time the Church is mentioned we are the people of God, the branches of the vine, the parts of the body, the one bread and a house built with living stones: Pointing out the fact that we should work together in close harmony with all those called by God to be his people at this time.

Together we should be reflecting what the new kingdom of God looks like and allow others to get a peek at God’s glory which we carry around in these earthen vessels. Above all, we should be loving, serving, and blessing each other in harmony and peace. One of my favourite scriptures is Psalm 133:1, which says, “How good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” I believe that this is how our Father wants his sons and daughters to behave towards each other, despite the differences we have in liturgy.

Let’s conclude with a special exhortation from Paul found in Colossians 3:12-14, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Notice that the cement, the glue that holds this spiritual building together, is love! God’s love, which, “…has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5 NRSV).

Let’s not become “unglued” as Christians but be “Super-glued” together by the love we have for each other!

Tender Father; help us to yield to your love in such a way that, as your little ones, we will abound in that unity, that oneness, that special bond we have through your loving Spirit.

Study by Cliff Neill 

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