Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Jim Patten:
Today’s passage is from Ephesians 4:4-6
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.”
There’s a lot going on in this passage… Let’s look at a few together :)
“One body” refers to the total number of believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. This one body is the invisible and visible church.
“One spirit” refers to the Holy Spirit who baptizes each believer into the body of Christ.
“ One hope of your calling“ refers to the goal set before all believers. They will be taken out of this world into the presence of Christ.
“ One Lord” refers to the Lord Jesus Christ. His Lordship over believers brings into existence the unity of the church.
“ One faith“ refers to the body of truth called the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42). There must be substance to form and adhesion of believers. This substance is correct doctrine.
“ One baptism“ references the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
“ One God and Father of all“ refers to God’s fatherhood of believers. This unity of believers produces a sharp distinction between believers and unbelievers...and Sonship can only come through Christ.
I believe unity is our theme here.
Imagine you are at the symphony. If you arrive early, you may notice all of the very different instruments from all the farthest wings of the concert hall coming together to “tune up”. Each one plays their own little tune… and being played together, it sounds terrible! They quit after a few moments and then disappear. Soon they all reappear again. This time in full dress with white shirts and bowties. When the conductor lifts that baton, you can hear a pin drop in the auditorium, then when he lowers it -oh, what music comes from that great orchestra!
Out in the world every person is playing his own little tune. Everyone is trying to be heard above the clamor of voices (Facebook) or carrying his own little placard of protest. Everyone seems to be out of tune, out of harmony, with everyone else. But one of these days there is going to step out of the wings of this universe, from God’s right hand, the Conductor! He is called the King of kings and Lord of lords. He will lift that baton, that scepter, with nail pierced hands. And when he does that, the whole world will be in tune. So don’t give up! The Conductor is coming. He will get us all in tune!