2.2 We are Called to Serve in Oneness of Spirit

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,
who is over all, in all, and living through all. Ephesians 4:4-6, NLT

Consider an orchestra made up of woodwinds, brass, keys, strings, and percussion.  The musicians have personally spent endless hours sharpening their skills.  They have come together five to six times to practice corporately, but one violinist prefers to play the arrangement differently.

Envision it: you are seated in a magnificent ornate music hall waiting for a concert. The conductor raises his baton, and the music begins to fill the room. Then, the first chair violinist begins to deviate from the provided musical arrangement, playing his or her own version of the musical piece. What could have been a beautiful concert has now become an uncomfortable and disappointing moment for all who have worked tirelessly for that day, as well as all who came to hear.

God is our great composer and conductor, and we are his instruments.  The purpose for His creation has one chief aim: to bring Him Glory. We are united into one body by the redeeming work of the Lord Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Our oneness and unity are essential for the work of Christ and transcends our personal preferences.  

Prayer: Lord, you are my creator, and I’m so glad you created me for a purpose.  I desire to be a skillful instrument for your glory that, both inwardly and outwardly, plays in unity with the body of Christ.  May I be found in you so that I would not be out of tune or out of practice.  I submit myself to your direction and to your plans, and I cast off any selfish motives that would distract, divide, or derail the unified work for your Kingdom.

Commitment: I purpose to serve Christ and His Body in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  

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