All for One
Today’s scripture selection: Ephesians 4-6
Key verse: Ephesians 4:3-6
Do you remember the catchy phrase the Three Musketeers would shout as they raised their swords in salute?
“One for all; all for one!”
The apostle Paul lived a long time before that phrase was popularized in the novel by Alexandre Dumas about swash-buckling swordsmen. But he would have appreciated the phrase and the sentiment.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul says they should make “every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 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.”
I can only imagine what Paul would think of the fragmented mess the worldwide Church has become.
We don’t seem to be very good about finding common ground and common purpose when it comes to the faith. Holy wars are always ugly affairs; Christians killing other Christians over their “version” of the faith is particularly heinous.
But it doesn’t just happen at the international level.
It’s personal too.
As people of faith, we are called to find that common ground with others. While we must never compromise truth for mere “getting along” we are called to remember that God calls us all to love one another, just as we have been loved.
And that can be a very tricky thing to do.
Nevertheless, I don’t think Paul would let us off the hook on this one. It’s sort of a deal-breaker.
Either we believe in the most basic, fundamental, concept of the faith or we don’t. We either put our money where our mouth is or we don’t
Love isn’t just a nice idea. It’s a sacred calling.
So – Musketeers unite – “One for all; all for one!”
It’s the way to understanding, peace, mission, and purpose.
Prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace and unity, in Christ’s name. AMEN.