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(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.58)

One in Christ

There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were

called--one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and

through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-5, NIV)

Communion was being served at our local church. Servers stood at the head of each aisle with

a plate of bread and a cup. All the church rose and filed down together, waiting to receive the

elements and hear the words, "This is my body. This is my blood."

Being on the far side of the sanctuary, I looked across and saw all those people standing

together, filling the aisles--people of every shape, size, and personality imaginable--the elderly

and the children, the brilliant and the mentally handicapped, every background, every life

situation, every problem and struggle. Each had been personally invited by Jesus Christ, and

there they were all together, coming to Him.

What a stunning picture of redemption! For each of us, Jesus has become the bread and wine

of life. We have come together in Him. We are one body and one Spirit in Him. We have been

lifted to one hope. We cling to one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father who is

over and through and in us all.

Unity is largely unexplored territory for us. It is an undiscovered blessing. Let us pray that the

Lord will burn into our hearts its possibility and its glowing promise. More and more let us see

other people in Him. Let us react to them in Him and love them in Him.

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