THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
UNITY AND PEACE - 7
Today’s reading: Ephesians 4:1-13
God called us to covenant community in order to do His work.
As a community and for the sake of the work, all of us are
given gifts by which we are to serve. “But grace was
given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s
gift.” (v.7). These gifts and the services we do are
very diverse, covering the full range of what a community
needs in order to accomplish the work. As such, God “gave
some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists,
others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for
the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”
see that the gifts are given in order to build up the body,
the community, for the work of ministry. Now what good would
it be if those who are gifted acted in ways that, rather than
building up the body, resulted in strife and disunity? Then
such leaders would be acting against God’s interests.
Then there would be failure to equip the holy ones. Then God’s
intent for those in community will not be attained, as we
will not “all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge
of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the
full stature of Christ.” (v.12-13).
leaders are supposed to work at unity in community, to form
God’s people in deeper faith, to have spiritual maturity,
to be other Christs. Such is God’s noble intent. To
act counter to that is a work of the enemy.
unity and peace are very important and crucial values for
community. Thus Paul reminds us of who we truly are: “one
body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope
of your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and
Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
(v.4-6). Can the value of unity be expressed in a clearer
way? We all are one. We all must be one.
can it happen? It depends on us. We are “to live in
a manner worthy of the call (we) have received” (v.1).
How do we do so? We are to live “with all humility and
gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through
love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through
the bond of peace” (v.2-3).
Humility. Rather than falling into pride because of our
gifts or leadership, we are humbled, knowing that we serve
only through God’s grace. On our own we are nothing
and can do nothing. We are totally dependent upon God.
We are gentle as nursing mothers deeply concerned for the
good of the child.
We are to be patient with the shortcomings of others. We
make allowances for the immaturity of those we care for.
We reach out.
with one another. As brethren and co-workers, we are to
practice tolerance and forgiveness in our dealings with
Over everything we put on love. Such love is unilateral,
unconditional and self-sacrificial.
to preserve unity through the bond of peace. We are peacemakers.
We strive to get everyone on board.
we worthy of the call we have received?