One in Christ

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

There are so many different Christian denominations. Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Non-Denominational, and the list goes on and on.  I myself am Catholic and believe very strongly in my Catholic faith.  But I think that all too often, we as Christians tend to place more emphasis on the differences between us than on the truth that connects us.  We are all Christians.  We all worship the same Lord.  We all hold the same belief that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.  We all believe He was born of Mary, that He taught and performed many miracles, and that He died on the cross for our sins.  We share in the belief that only through the saving grace of Jesus Christ can we be with Him in heaven.

Sure we have differences in our styles of worship, in our traditions, and in some of our beliefs.  But I do not think any of us can say that only those practicing our religion will be in heaven!  Certainly I do not expect that only Catholics will be in heaven. Only God knows what is in our hearts and only He knows who will be saved.  Even those we might least expect can be saved through God’s grace.  Who are we to speculate on the souls of others?  While we may hold many differences, we need to look for our similarities…we are all one in the Lord!

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)

I am not suggesting that we all abandon our belief systems.  I hold tight to my Catholic beliefs and love the Catholic Church.  But I also recognize that be being exclusively Catholic, or Baptist, or Lutheran, or any other denomination, we are separating ourselves and becoming divided rather than united in Christ. Wouldn’t we do more good for the Lord if we joined together as Christians to share God’s love and shine the light of the Lord for everyone?  We are called as Christians to show love to one another.  If we cannot even do that amongst our own faiths, how do we expect to reach those who do not believe?

The devil loves for us to be divided.  He would love for us to hate each other, to refuse to associate with each other, to stubbornly insist on our views and let that interfere with spreading the word of God.  Instead of building up walls between us, let us learn to embrace each other for what we have in common.  We are all God’s children.  Through the Holy Spirit we are one in the Lord, despite our differences.  We are all called to be more accepting, more loving, and to join together in Christ so that the world might see the light of the Lord shining through us.

For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

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12 thoughts on “One in Christ

  1. Caroline Cooper September 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm Reply

    I also am passionate about living out God’s command for unity in the Body of Christ. I look forward to following your blog! I hope you will consider following mine as well. “Make It Real” is located at http://carolinesuecooper.wordpress.com/ and is written as a Bible study/devotion. “In God’s Corner” is a more personal blog located at http://inthiscornerministry.wordpress.com/. God bless!

    • rosesnearrunningwaters September 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment and for following 🙂

      I will definitely be checking out both your blogs as well!

  2. reinkat September 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Amen to this! I agree with every word!
    As a Catholic, I find it ironic, though, in regards to the quote from Galations 3:28, that it is our church that continues most staunchly to make the distinction between male and female and limit roles and ways to follow God’s call.

    • rosesnearrunningwaters September 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

      I know what you are saying reinkat. I think we have to remember though that different people are called to different things and the Catholic Church follows in the tradition of men being called as the leaders. I understand what you mean though and that is a good point. I guess we just each have to search for God’s will and follow what He has in store for our lives 🙂

  3. wordprocessor September 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Amen! Love this so much. This is a huge desire of my heart: that we will be ONE in Christ through the Holy Spirit. You said: “Through the Holy Spirit we are one in the Lord, despite our differences.” …I might even change “despite” to “in” (if I may :)). God made us to be different parts. He knew we would have differences, and He made us to work in unity and support one another in our differences (not despite them). I also totally agree that the enemy is working to divide and separate in any way he can. Lord, help us to see his tactics and not fall for them! Unite us by and through your Spirit! Make us one. Help us to see with your eyes and love with your love. In your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

  4. Erin Pascal September 5, 2013 at 12:09 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this! I agree on your point that if we Christians are divided how are we supposed to reach out to those who do not believe. I also agree that no matter the differences and the varied traditions, we must all unite because we believe in one God and that He is our salvation.

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