We Are One.
This is a theme we have been working on for this summer. It is based from a passage of scripture in Ephesians 4:4-6 that is encouragement to unite as Christians into one body. One purpose.
For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father who is over all and in all and living through all. (NLT)
Recently, we were at an evangelism training session with a group from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and the speaker was preaching on Acts 1:8. He did an exercise that most of us have heard at some point, where we declare our Jerusalem, our Judea, our Samaria. As we discussed that Mérida, the Yucatan and Mexico is where many in the room are currently serving as missionaries ¨at home¨, it struck me that for the first time in my life, my Jerusalem had changed. Except for an hour or two, here and there, Central Missouri has always been my home, my Jerusalem. After a brief moment of nostalgia, I discovered that while we were in a room with people from all around the world, and although all of us come from different Jerusalems, Judeas and Samarias, our final goal is the same–to the ends of the earth. That part of the command never changes. No matter where we start from, our end goal has never and will never change. This is what ¨We Are One¨ means to me. We all have a purpose in our mission. Some of us are called to serve at home. Some are called to the ends of the earth. But we are ALL called. We may start from different locations and backgrounds, but our focus, our calling and our mission remain the same. This is encouraging to me because it helps me to remember that we´re all in this together…cue High School Musical soundtrack. And while this should give me the warm fuzzies, I understand as much as anyone that it doesn´t always work perfectly. Because we are human. We all have our ideas of how things should work and what we feel that God is calling us to do. And sometimes we´re wrong. It happens. Some moments of our last year have been rough. It has taken a while to decide to try and put back the pieces or move on. But we must put our trust in God that even when things don´t go as planned, that we must keep our focus on God and his ultimate commission to us. When it all comes down to it, our opinions and our happiness don´t really matter when ¨the ends of the earth¨ are at stake. You don´t have to go far to look to see that people are lost. Go outside, walk down the street, turn on your television, go online, or worse yet, log into social media. There is a lostness in our world that is frightening. So, as we are in the planning stages for what is shaping up to be a very busy summer, we ask that you´ll join us in remembering what is at stake. We all have different starting points but must unite as ONE to go to the ends of the earth. And it looks different for each person. But that is what makes God´s design so perfect.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NLT)