VITAL SIGNS: God Desires Unity | Ephesians 4:1-6 | Devotional
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-- just as you were called to one hope when you were called--one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
God desires unity among his people. And He keeps it beautifully simple. We are all part of one body, indwelt and empowered by one Spirit. We serve one Lord who paid the penalty for our sin on the cross. Our faith is singularly focused on Jesus, our Savior, and His sacrificial provision. We outwardly demonstrate this inward transformation by one act of baptism. We serve the One who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, and who demonstrates the perfect unity of God in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God also knows that this unity will be a challenge for sinners, surrounded by sinners and living in a sinful world. So He calls us to live above the fray—to leave the life he has called us from and “worthy” of the life he has called us to. This will require the Spirit driven characteristics of humility, gentleness, and patience. Our calling involves actively showing love for each other even when we don’t feel like it. We are to work in harmony with the Spirit, making “every effort to keep the unity” through the bond of peace that is found alone in Christ.
So Father help us to realize that which we know to be true. Make unity a reality in our lives, not just a concept. Thank you for demonstrating unity within the Trinity. Thank you for providing unity through Jesus. Thank you for enabling unity through your Spirit. Lord, help us today to demonstrate the humility, gentleness, and patience that unity calls for. Help us not to complicate something that you have made so beautifully simple. In Christ’s Name, Amen.