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For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:18-19)

We are all One Body. Say it all together now with feeling, "We are all One Body!" Paul is reminding us that unity within the congregation of believers is of paramount importance. It is certain that we will never all agree about everything. We have different backgrounds, different perspectives, different gifts, different thoughts and feelings. That diversity makes the fellowship sweet, but causes division as well.

It is unfortunate that the world often only sees how we fight amongst ourselves, rather than seeing what they should: a picture of unity and shared purpose. In our human nature we each tend to think that our side is the one who truly knows God's heart and that everyone else must be wrong. To the darkened world outside we do not look like light and peace, but turmoil and chaos. Who would want to be part of that? Are we hindering our own cause because of it?

Christ died and rose again to put to death legalism and separation. Why then, is it still so easy to pick up either of those stones and fling them at each other? I love the church. I love the Body of Christ, even with its problems and imperfections. I just think we need to be reminded sometimes that we are all on the same team!

Praise You, Spirit, for being the thread that binds us all together. Help us build each other up, so that we may show the world your love through a unified and useful church. Amen.


GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.