Recently, I have started bringing a small notebook to church in order to jot down notes during the sermon. I do this in order to stay centered both during the service, but also during the week – I can refer to my notes as I reflect back on the sermon as well as during daily devotions.
This past Sunday, the Bible passage that we read was Ephesians 4:1-16 where Paul writes to the church in Ephesus about our unity in Christ. As I reviewed my notes later in the afternoon, there were two thought-provoking items that stood out to me. First, when the world sees the people of God living under God, they will see Jesus. We, as the people of God, need to live under God’s Word in unity – then, and only then, will the world see that Jesus is the Savior and the Way. Secondly, there is a richness of diversity in God’s people’s unity. While God wants us to have unity in Christ, he does not want us to be the same.
This thought made me pause and reflect on our society today in America. We need to be more like an orchestra. While each member may be playing a different instrument, we are all unified in the same song. When we as a band are unified. beautiful music is the result.