“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 NASB
If ever there was a question as to whether there was more than one body, Spirit, or Father God—these verses make it clear that there is but ONE. Paul drove the point home, didn’t he? Sometimes we get caught up in the theology and the dogma of denominations and lose sight that we are all ONE body—the Body of Christ. Yet, here, in the Scripture, God uses Paul’s words to the Ephesians to not only remind us that we are one Body of Believers but that we are also called in one hope of our calling.
When I read that we are called, I’ve often wondered what that even means. We read of being called in the Bible. We hear pastors and missionaries use the word called when talking about what God has placed on their hearts to do. We even hear fellow Christians talk about calling out other Christians because maybe we aren’t living up to our calling? Let’s hope that they do that in love and according to the Scripture. However, in this passage, is God calling out to us, “Come on, get over here!” the way our parents did back when we were kids as the street lights came on? What does it mean?
Not surprising, sure, called can be taken as somebody calling out to us. Pretty straightforward term there! We also saw a couple weeks ago that called means receiving a name or being given a name. Thus, we are called sons and daughters. What stood out to me today, though, as I looked at called is that it is also defined as an invite. The verse could read ‘just also as you were invited in one hope…’I am sure that for some the notion of an invite is not that big of a deal. But, to think that God, the one God over all, through all, and in all invited us to partake in His Salvation and to be sons and daughters…WOW!
Thinking of accepting Salvation and this one Faith in God from an invitation perspective is very deeply personal to me. We send out invites to important events such as weddings, baby showers and graduations. When we get an invite, we immediately feel a special sense of connectedness to the person who invited us. In my household we typically put the invite up on the fridge where it can bring a smile later when we glance at it again. The invite itself receives this place of honor within our home because not everything makes it on the fridge.
But, there is something special about invitations. Perhaps it is an awareness that we get to partake in someone else’s amazing moment, and that it’s a celebration of joy where we delight in the happiness of someone else while feeling honored that we even get to be a part of it. That they have chosen to include us in an occasion that is special and significant to them is meaningful to us. Yet, in this context it is an invite from God, and we get to partake in what delights Him! God invited us! WOW!
Where are you allowing a difference of perspective to rain on God’s invitation? In what way could we do better with the invitations that God has given us? Have you accepted God’s invitation to be a son or daughter?
Until Next Time,