Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Eph. 4:2-6
Lord Jesus, over the next several months, this passage should be on the front of our refrigerators, posted on our most visited mirror, and tattooed afresh on our hearts.
Today is called “The Lord’s Day,” for Christians who worship you on Sunday—though every day belongs to you, Lord Jesus. Tomorrow is “MLK Day”—a day for remembering the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., who sought to expose, and peacefully overcome racism. And Wednesday, Americans will transition from one presidency to another. Oh, how desperate we are in America for the power, sanity, and beauty of the Gospel.
Indeed, in my soon to be 71 years, I’ve never known a week more needful of the Gospel-realities contained in Ephesians 4:2-6. Lord Jesus, though we are exceedingly diverse, you have made us gloriously one in yourself.
One Day—all who know you, will be as lovely and as loving as you, Jesus (1 John 3:1-3). We will love each other all the time, with the same love, passion, and delight you have for us. What would revival look like in 2021? We, in the American church, becoming pacesetters in repentance, humility, and gentleness.
We share “one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one Father.” May our shared “one’s” topple our idols, tribalism, and excuses. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.