Every day we have 86,400 seconds of time, the biggest proportion of that time is spent with other people. Jesus commanded us to love one another, really love one another, not just to give each other empty words and promises, we are to show one another in our actions that we really, truly DO love one another.
I think as a church we do a really good job of loving those in need, we help the poor, counsel the grieving, give, give, give but I really think that we fall down on actually loving one another! To be honest, I’m not surprised, after all we are family, brothers and sisters in Christ, and what happens in families? Arguments! Some get sorted out, others go on and on then eventually divide the family. As Christians we have the same spirit within us that raised Christ from the grave, so why do we find it so hard to let go of things?
Let’s face it, if an outsider was looking in to our church would they see Jesus shining through our relationships with one another? Or would they see a replication of the world, bitterness, anger, hurt, betrayal, jealousy and all the other lousy things that make us sad?
Ephesians 4:1-6 in the message version says this:
1-3 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.
If we are sitting around hurt, bitter and holding on to a grudge how on earth can we run the road we’ve been called to travel? Surely this just causes apathy, a bad attitude and sitting around on our hands. It says here, we aren’t to do that.
We need to be quick at mending fences. Let the offence go, fix it, sort it, get rid of it, even better give it to Jesus, ask Him to deal with it. When I think of some of the things I’ve been hung up over in the past they are all irrelevant, pointless and have totally wasted my time, I look back and wonder why it really mattered.
The world is divided, offence causes division, division causes a battle, the world is looking for peace, but how do we show the world peace if we are at battle with one another?
We are in the world not of the world, we are called to be different, 1 John 5:19 says we know we are from God and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one, does our behaviour reflect this truth?
My husband and I quite often differ in opinion, it doesn’t mean I’m right and he’s wrong, it just means we are different. Oh, how boring it would be if we were all the same!
as believers one thing we do all have in common is ONENESS.
Everything we are, everything we do, and think is permeated with Oneness, it says so in the scripture above. Permeated means that we are saturated, soaked in this Oneness that seeps out of us to those we meet on the road we’ve been called to follow, the road we are told to run. We don’t have time to sit around on our hands, let us wipe away the apathetic attitude and get going!
We all have ONE mission, ONE cause all in the name of the ONE that died so that we might have life and an abundance of joy, that ONENESS permeates us, lives in us, and even lives in those we don’t like!
UNITED TOGETHER WE STAND IN ONENESS!
When Jesus began His ministry the first thing he did after battling satan in the wilderness was to go and choose people to work with. Even He didn’t go it alone, He chose 12 people taught them, encouraged them, built them up, empowered them and sent them out.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12-14
He tells the disciples here that they will go on to do greater things than He! I’m not sure about you but I like that sort of encouragement, and even more so I like to see people go from being encouraged to doing great things.
We are called to UNITE
We are called to ENCOURAGE
We are called to EMPOWER
We are called to LOVE
We have One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. We are each travelling the same road with unique giftings and callings but overall WE ARE ONE! Let us come together as children of God and do what the world so needs to see. We can not change the world alone, but together we can do greater things than He.