Ephesians 4:4-7 – 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. (NIV)
God the Father is not going to care what denomination you belonged to when you give an accounting of your life. He is going to care about how you participated in the Spirit to use the grace apportioned to you to honor Christ the Lord. That is it! Do you believe in Jesus, as signified by baptism, evidenced through the grace apportioned to you and coming through you?
One of the worst things that can happen to a church is they forget about the universal church and rather than partnering with other churches, they grow exclusive. Rather than identifying ourselves by our church or denomination, we should be identifying ourselves as belonging to Jesus. There are Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, and Catholics just to name a few, who are participating in the life of Christ and bearing fruit to the glory of God.
Right now, there is a radical agenda, backed by the spirit of antiChrist and all the principalities and powers of darkness, to divide America by race, ideology, and subjective science. There are many within the church world jumping on board to say that if you don’t think the same, you are less than or even evil. Christians must pray that God will help us remain a united front, loving one another, identifying ourselves not by our conscious differences or the color of our skin, but by the content of our character being shaped by Jesus. Christians must be an example to the culture of diversity and unity by the grace God affords. The people of God are all an equal part of revealing the whole picture of who Christ is.
Heavenly Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for calling us into your body and your Spirit with grace apportioned to us to play a role in reflecting you in this world. Help us to see and appreciate one another through your eyes and play a part in healing divides. In Jesus’ name, Amen.