I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
How many times have you heard someone criticize something they didn’t like about a church? If you think hard enough, you may remember a time you were doing the criticizing. We live in a culture today where church has become a consumer focused activity. People attend the church they feel best serves their family’s needs and put the focus on what they receive from the pastor and perhaps the staff.
This is not the scriptural blueprint for the church, and quite frankly, it’s wrong. I may sound like a big jerk for saying this (because I’m an associate pastor), but it needs to be said. God called the church to be a body. A body is made of different members that, when functioning in peace and unison, make it possible for the body is thrive.
In the above passage, the Apostle Paul is calling out, not just the church leadership, but the entire church to function together as the body of Christ. Only when each individual member functions in the calling God placed on our lives can the body of Christ thrive. In the time Paul was writing this letter, there weren’t five baptist churches alone to choose from in any given town…
Today’s challenge is this. Reach out to your church and see how you can make an investment into the body of Christ. Lean into the gifting and calling God has placed on your life. We’re all called to be servants. Choose love. Seek unity.