Day 28 - The Family of God
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6)
There is one Lord, one God and Father of all, and one Spirit. He has called us into the one body to be His people. By nature, we were children of wrath (Eph 2:3) but through Christ, God has made us alive and made us members of the same body (1 Cor 12:12), the church. Let us, the church, worship Him in reverence.
Today's Reformation concert brings a diverse group of people from our church together to hold a fundraising concert for the new church building. It is a great testimony that in unity, such a diverse group of people would work together for something such as this. Ephesians 4 gives us an idea why people who are so different live, serve, and worship together. This is because of the one God we all share. He is our Father, and today, we are reminded that we come together because our lives are all about Him. While there will always be differences in the church, what’s far more important is what we have in common.
- Have you given thanks to God for GBC as your family? Ask God to give you more love for others in the church.
- Look at all the “ones” in Ephesians 4. What gives us grounds for unity? What do we have in common?
Dear Father, we confess to You today that we have individualistic, selfish hearts. We love ourselves more than anything else. But You have called us to be a family, not because of common interests this world can understand or explain, but because of You, our one God and Father. So we pray for You to grant us love for Christ and Christ’s people, that we may serve You together as one body. In Christ’s name, Amen.
- God to use the Reformation concert to build the faith of participants.
- All who come, that they will hear the message of the gospel.
- God to be glorified in our unity most of all.