We live in a world of differences. We all have our side. Sports, politics, music, hobbies, churches, we all have different likes and dislikes, different things that really are significant, but that separate us.
And we live in an age we are told and encouraged to put our differences aside and work together.
And you know what? That’s hard. It’s hard to be one. It’s hard to be united. It’s hard to be on the same page.
Even with someone you like. It’s hard to always agree and work together.
And so, when the church and when our faith calls us to be one, the question is how?
Lord, make us one. How?
Listen to what Paul says this morning in Ephesians 2:16-19:
and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Paul says that we are reconciled into one body, through the cross and through Jesus. Through Him, we are no longer strangers, through Him, we are fellow citizens, through Him, we have the same father.
Through Him. Through Jesus. Through ourselves, we will tear each other apart. We will fuss and fight. We will find our problems, and find the things that we disagree on and that separate us.
When we focus on ourselves, we find division. When we focus on Jesus, we find unity. He is our unity. He is our peace. He is our hope. He is our life.
When we place the focus on ourselves, our stuff, and our opinions, we will find and have more division.
When we take our eyes off ourselves, and put them on Jesus, His life, death, and resurrection, we find unity, hope and peace.
Lord, today, please make us one. Let us each focus on Jesus with all that we are. And in that, we can find that unity.
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