Christianity is about more than me and mine.
One Body of Christ includes anyone who has placed their faith in him to forgive their sins. As we read in 1 Corinthians 12:27, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”
Think about who that includes:
- people you disagree with,
- people who understand Scripture differently,
- people who baptize babies,
- people who don’t, and
- people who have more (or less) books in their canon of Scripture.
In God’s kingdom, standing together before the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we’re never alone in Christ’s body.
It’s been a lot to take in, and I’m a few years into the process now.
I’ve embraced the mystery and holiness of the divine.
I’ve let go of fear in exchange for curiosity.
I’ve chosen love in exchange for needing to be correct.
I’ve learned to read Scripture to find God in exchange for a search for black-and-white answers. I’ve relied on the Holy Spirit’s guidance in this process, and I’ve seen him be faithful and true. “A cloud of witnesses before us, after us, and surrounding us now” (Hebrews 12:1).
As one friend described it, my faith has gone deeper and wider.
Now, when I read these words from Paul, I praise Jesus that we’ll spend our entire lives, into eternity, knowing Jesus and one another.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.” (Ephesians 2:1-6)
*For further reflection today, listen to Ephesians 2.
- Ephesians 2
Learn more about our “one faith” in our interview with Traci here.