Ephesians 4:4-6 (NET) There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Mrs. McClusky started being nice to Franka even though she didn’t really like her at first, but when she discovered that Franka was a true believer in Christ, she advised herself to try and get along with her.
Mrs. McClusky had an understanding that many believers today have not been sober enough to ponder. She knew that because Franka was a believer, she and her had a common destiny. ‘We’re going to be stuck with one another for all eternity so we better start getting along now” she thought. “What joins me with this woman and other believers is stronger than flesh and blood” she would remind herself when her racist neibours would look at her funny because she was friends with Franka.
Mrs. McClusky knew that even in this life, there were blessings she could not inherit if she did not rightly discern the body of Christ. Treating her Christian neibour like a stranger because of race or tribal difference was the textbook definition of not rightly dicerning the body of Christ.
All believers have the same Lord, we were baptized into the same baptism. It is the exact same Holy Spirit that dwells in each and every one of us. We have the same destination and hope, and we are members of the same spiritual body. If your closest relative dies without Christ, you’re not going to be reunited with them again. But if a believer you know dies, you’re sure you’ll still be able to see and fellowship with them again. You’re sure you would still be able to spend quality time with that believer and never be separated by death again.
Many believers have suffered unnecessarily because they have failed to rightly discern the spiritual body to which they now belong. Any limb of your body that is positioned as if it is not part of the rest of the body for long will soon suffer severe pain because of the loss of blood circulation to it. Believers suffer when they don’t rightly discern the body of Christ.
Go into today remembering that you share a common eternal destiny with your Christian brethren, even those who are not in your denomination. Let this understanding become a major factor in the way you relate with people.
Prayer: Lord, help me always remember that I am a member of your body. Help me be a force for unity and never divisions. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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