Unity of the body of Christ

You have been raised in one faith family and discovered that another way of understanding captures you. You sense the conflict, rationalize the outcome.

You are aware of the poor. You feel the tug that says, ” Do something. Make a difference.” And you are overwhelmed by the need, unsure of the next steps, unable to determine which situation is most worthy of your attention.

You are caught in the despair of the disenfranchised. You understand the anger and vow to work for change.

Hallelujah! Really…hallelujah! God is at work. In you. Through you.

These nudges of conflict, indecision and promise are sparks that light passion fires.

God is at work. In us. Through us. Challenged by the things we allow to separate us, we are moved toward Christ and enabled to build unity.

“He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ. As a result, we aren’t supposed to be infants any longer who can be tossed and blown around by every wind that comes from teaching with deceitful scheming and the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others. Instead, by speaking the truth with love, let’s grow in every way into Christ, who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does their part. Ephesians 4:11-16

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