Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hidden Treasure - COLORED SHELLS

Ephesians 4:4-5 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.

In six hours everything will change. The next high tide will once again pull the shells painting the shore out to sea to be re-mixed in the blender of churning waves. The piles of shells that once colored the landscape black will mix with colors of cream, pink, purple, orange and grey. The unusual incidence of common color will soon be gone. The synchronization of deep ocean current, upwelling, tide and violent storm that brought the mass of congruent shells together has dispersed. The rhythmic harmony of wave and tide will once again dictate the cycle of shells. The unifying color will be a blend of many varieties projecting an overall pleasant scene.

Relationship with the living God of the bible is as personal as the many shells that color our beaches: each of us so oddly crafted by belief, knowledge, familiarity, obedience and fulfillment. For some God is distant for others recognizable. The approach and depth of worship we aspire to so wide-ranging. The endless combination of variables to the on-looker may seem exasperating.

In my spiritual growth I am learning to peruse the seascape to better understand the vast displays of worship. And yet, I am weighed down by the prospect for the collection to deviate from one truth. How are we as Christians to remain all ‘shells’ yet carry different color? In the blender of churning waves that is our lives I propose we not loose our shape: the hope we have through the reconciling death of Jesus Christ. It sounds easy enough - right? On the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion He prayed for unity in the body (John -23.) There were a lot of things He could have prayed that fateful evening but unity was the urgent need. Join me as I too pray for unity in one body and one Spirit.

Whistling ‘Wheeee’

As I ponder the question, “What is the one hope we are all called to?” I’m reminded of these truths:
___ Isaiah 55:10-11. The Word of God will achieve the purposes for which God intended.
___ John 1:14. The Word became flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us.
___ Hebrews 1:3. The son (Jesus) is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.
___ Ephesians 1:7. In (Jesus) we have redemption the forgiveness of sins in accordance with God’s grace.
___ Ephesians 3:12. In (Jesus) and through faith in (Jesus) we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
___ 1 John 5:11-12. Those that believe in Jesus, God gives eternal life.

How about you? What comes to your mind as you consider the hope WE have been called to as one body with one Spirit?

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