There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
The number one can seem kind of lonely, but actually it’s pretty popular. Several musical artists have sung about it. Three Dog Night released “One Is the Loneliest Number” in the 1960s and Roxette sang “One Is Such a Lonely Number” in the 1980s and 90s.
In Christ, however, the number one doesn’t indicate singularity or loneliness. By being part of “one body” which Paul references in Ephesians 4:4, Christians join together in a unique unity. It’s as if God defied the logic of mathematics by presenting the equation 1+1+1+1+…..=1. The sum of all Christians still equals one in the unity of Christ.
In this equation, God didn’t create us as replicates or clones. He created us as individuals, each with gifts specific to use for the purpose he has planned. “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
God has an eye on the bigger picture as he treats us as individuals but gives us unique traits, characteristics and talents which can complement each other to make up “one body.”
Your gifts are integral along with your family members’ to create a functional and loving household. Your skills are needed along with your coworkers to complete tasks at work. Your compassion and care edifies your friendships.
We take great comfort and reassurance in the picture Paul paints in verse 6, that there is “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Like those little potholders we received as a gift from a child or niece or nephew, we all have our own unique strand that is woven with other unique strands to make one weaving which is beautiful as well as purposeful. With God and his love woven through us, holding us all together, one is not a lonely number in Christ.
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Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Dear Triune God,
The mystery of your mathematics is beyond our comprehension. We stand in awe of your ability to be three Persons in One and your plan of unifying all your believers as one body. Thank you for the gifts you’ve given me and help me to use them in conjunction with others to your glory. And thank you for your promise that you are “over all and through all and in all,” keeping us unified in you as one body in Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.
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