Stay Together

27 12 2012

You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. Ephesians 4:4-6 Msg.

DSC03719As small children, I can recall the important instructions of adult leaders to “stay together” as we traveled as a group. This was true whether we were on a class field trip or family outing. Parents and teachers would instruct us to move as a unit to assure that no one would be separated from the group. As an adult, these instructions have a more profound meaning, as parents and grandparents continue to stress the importance of keeping the family together.  Staying together allows us to continue to move forward in strength and purpose, within our earthly families and the family of God.

In our passage today, we are instructed to stay together having oneness both inside and out as we serve our Heavenly Father. This unity should permeate our existence, the way we think and the way we approach life. We serve God who is in control of all things.   Being in unity with each other in service to God creates an opportunity for Him to move in powerful ways in our lives, our families and communities.

So then, as Christians, do you have any encouragement? Do you have any comfort from love? Do you have any spiritual relationships? Do you have any sympathy and compassion? Then fill me with joy by having the same attitude and the same love, living in harmony, and keeping one purpose in mind. Don’t act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves. Philippians 2:1-3


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