Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. Ephesians 4: 1-7
Our world, our lives can be rocked, shifted, redirected, turn around 180 degrees or upside down by difficult circumstances. Equally so, these circumstances change how we see ourselves. Has someone in your life, in your job, your finances, your relationships left you in a tough situation where it begins to chip away your identity? Maybe you begin to believe you’re a failure, not good enough, I will never make it?
Perhaps so much so you feel like your identity is like shattered glass.
We must tread carefully. If we are not careful, our life’s challenges can begin to break down our confidence in who we are in Christ and lead us to question if it is really true.
In agony, we cry out to our heavenly Father, and in His unceasing kindness, He brought to mind this passage:
“20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21.
Those words, “immeasurably more,” pierced my heart. I was gently convicted of the small box I tend to put God into — how I’d inadvertently transferred my own narrow vision of my circumstances to Him.
Your circumstances should no longer have a stronghold over you. We must stand firm in who we are in Christ! Our identity in Christ doesn’t change our circumstances, redefines our circumstances! What do I mean by this? It changes how you perceive your circumstances! Change your perspective.
Paul didn’t lose sight of who he was in Christ, he didn’t lose focus on the One to whom he belonged to and what his purpose was, despite being imprisoned and rejection by close friends. His perspective was defined by his identity in Christ! He was able to stand firm and maximise each situation as a new opportunity to share the love of Jesus.
The same is true for us. When we are firmly planted and rooted deeply in the Gospel Truth, we are prepared to rise above the noise of our circumstances and embrace all life can throw at us with a new perspective. Who we are in Christ and what we have to offer, namely Christ Himself, will positively impact our everyday life!
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity Colossians 3: 12-14
Write out a particular circumstance you’re currently in that is difficult for you. Follow that up with an expression of who you are in Christ that will allow you step into your day with a faith-filled perspective.
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