Well Good Morning to you! I hope everyone had a marvelous Wednesday. I was fortunate enough to get to go to church last night, help make a tasty dinner for everyone, and learn a great lesson from Abraham's life. How great to know that God will keep forgiving and keep blessing even though we mess things up sometimes.
This morning I continued reading in Ephesians. I really latched on to verses 4-6.
"For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope at your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all."
Initially, I thought this was an amazing affirmation of our faith. There is one way. One God that is above everything! There is only one kind of faith in one God that will get you to heaven.
The little heading above the text in my Bible said this passage was about unity in the body of Christ. I've learned a lot about how important that is in the past year or two. If God's people are not one body in Him, then were are counterproductive. We are not accomplishing what He has called us to do. How much greater could our influence be if were functioned as one body in Christ? There are so many people in the world that need to be reached for Christ, and a body of believers can only be effective if they think and act as one.
Another thought I had while reading (my mind tends to wander off in the mornings.. haha) was about a T-shirt I had once. It was from a youth conference in 7th grade. It had a big green hand on it that showed the number "1," and the message of the conference was about an audience of one. The shirt was kind of hideous and silly, but the message was simple and effective. We don't live our lives for other people to watch us. Our actions are not to glorify others, but to glorify God. Sometimes, when I'm about to sing a special at church, and I get really nervous, I try to remember that I'm singing for an audience of One. Nerves and fear creep in and say, "Who are you kidding; there are 250 people out there waiting to hear something.. and it better be good. They're expecting a lot!" But I know even if I forget the words or sing the wrote notes, if I get up there and truly worship, God will glorified. ..and the congregation will clap regardless and my mom will pat my leg and say I did a good job.
I am not here to live my life for anyone else. I'm here to live my life for "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all."
Thanks to everyone for your prayers. I don't wanna get greedy, but I have another test today.. :)
Also, I wanna give a shout out to my Structural Materials teacher. He was awarded the Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award. He is a wonderful teacher, a man of God, and a blessing to all his students. Congrats Dr. Hale!