One in Christ – Eph. 4:1-6

“I Therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”

Ephesians 4:1  

We have been “called” by God and to live a life worthy of that calling.  So, you may ask, “what am I called to be?”  We are called by God to be part of something greater than ourselves while at the same time not letting this grand invitation to go to our heads. Consider the call of God to be fully engaged in a community that defies all cultural and societal definition and barriers.  God calls each of us to celebrate all people regardless of how we may think of them. Imagine a world that has diversity but at the same time oneness of purpose; that purpose could well be “making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) The dirty little secret is that we do not all have to agree with each other but we still are called to have compassion and to offer grace without judgment or condemnation.  What if we who are called could just lighten up on each other and even go so far as bear one another’s burden with the love of Christ?  What if we who are called to the one hope of the reality of Jesus the Christ alive in the world truly mirror what Jesus did to share the love of God with a world that was, and continues to be, often times tough to understand let alone love. We are called to celebrate what God has given us and the people that have been put in our path and along the way. Our calling as the Body of Christ is to see the world as Christ sees the world, to build unity even and especially in our diversity; in fact, our diversity of gifts, attitudes, and personalities contribute to the unity of the whole, sewing together a mosaic where every piece has sacred value. God does not call us just to reach out to those who are like us, rather we are called to reach out to all people regardless of who they are and what they believe. So what do we have when all kinds of people come together with different backgrounds, personalities, opinions, nationalities, preferences, and life experiences?  When all that stuff comes together mixing in the diversity of gifts, we have the Church of Jesus Christ that is open to all people.  Thank you Jesus.
Rev. Tom Joyce

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