Back in August when my adventure of squad leading Gap G began, I started reading through the book of Ephesians. Though we’re now beginning month five of the race, the Lord constantly brings me back to this book. Constantly. And to the same bit of scripture as well.
Paul writes to the Ephesians in chapter 4:
“…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 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.” Ephesians 4:1-6
Throughout these past four months unity has been the basis of many revelations the Lord has been teaching me via scripture, through ministry and as the church, especially the church of Gap G. Our God is the God of peace, understanding and unity. The enemy is the one who births chaos, confusion and division.
Over and over in scripture it is evident that where the people of Israel and the body of Jesus Christ are unified, Kingdom comes and God receives great glory. Where they are not, chaos, conflict and division follow.
In the book of Nehemiah, as the remnant of the Israel was rebuilding Jerusalem and her walls, it required that the entire body, in unity, participate to make this happen. They did not work out of obligation but of conviction. Both men and women, the priests, nobles and officials all joined in to rebuild that which glorified the Lord. They sacrificed their time and their resources for the sake of the Lord. And when faced with opposition, once more the body came together, unified, ready to fight for that which the Lord had called them to for His glory.
As the remnant remained “one,” the wall and Jerusalem were restored. God received the glory. They walked in obedience; they walked in unity.
I’ve traveled from Guatemala to South Africa and currently reside in Lesotho. I am blessed to meet and commune with the Body in languages and places I’ve never experienced before. And what I love, amongst many other things, is this: we are not united because we speak in the same tongue or come from the same denomination. We are unified and are one people because we are a part of the Body under one God and Father of all.
My prayer is that the Lord brings you peace, humility, gentleness, patience and love. And a heart that longs for unity to pursue His Kingdom for His glory.
Blessings from Maseru,