Ephesians 4:1-6 (CEB)
4 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. 4 You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.
One of the things I have come to appreciate about our faith community is the bond we hold. Some may say it’s “in spite of our differences” which in essence discounts our uniqueness as diverse children of Christ. I would strive to say that we are bonded together because of our differences. Each of us at Faith is a unique child of Christ. We have been blessed by God with skills and traits that, in combination with the gifts and graces others hold, makes us at FUMC the body of Christ, a notion that God’s Word goes at great lengths to unpack, explore and emphasize.
Also, the wholeness of the body of Christ that we see in our church is found in the example Jesus Christ set for us while here on earth. He wasn’t just a “high and mighty” leader – he actually offered servant leadership and demonstrated to us what being the body of Christ looks like – the bond that we hold. This servanthood is not something that is new. In his book, “No Longer Servants, but Friends” Edward Zaragoza offers us a glimpse into the intentional servant leadership from Jesus Christ:
“Jesus is the Servant Lord who, according to the Gospel of Mark, “came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)….it is Jesus’ call, ministry, suffering and death that shape the paradigm of servant ministry for the church.”
And so, as we continue to explore the bond that we hold as children of Christ serving at FUMC, let us remember that each of us has unique talents, a call, and an example on how to be the body of Christ, using Jesus’ example in service to others.