Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas - January 2

Psalm 34, 33

1 Kings 19:1-8

Ephesians 4:1-16

John 6:1-14

As I read the passages today, the idea of unity kept coming to mind and was reinforced with each passage. Psalm 33:10 begins a series of verses regarding God’s standing with the nations; the Kings passage recognized a split in the nation over prophets, largely brought on by the queen; and the Ephesians verses remind us of our role in one unified church. God’s plan for the world is complete.

The Ephesians passage, despite its unambiguous language, continues to be a challenge for us. The verses clearly state that God has made us different with different roles in the church and world, yet all too often we continue to resist our “job,” instead preferring a job that we deem more glamorous or important. The “grass-is-always-greener” syndrome infiltrates even the heart of our spiritual service.

As we reflect today, let us all be open to the position God has for us within the church and accept that every position is equally glamorous and important, for without them all, there would be no complete body of Christ, and without that complete body, the ministries we find most appealing may not be served.  For all the ministries of the church, let us serve humbly in our position for the fulfillment of the Word.

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