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

 

People sometimes think that faith is something that we exercise at specific times or under certain circumstances. We believe that God is involved in this aspect of our life or that it is important to take Him along for that conversation. We seek His intervention when the thing that we are facing is too big or too frightening to handle on our own. We may try to say that the routine of our day is too trivial for us to involve God with, or we may just not even consider that it matters to seek spiritual influence and guidance for some of the areas of our lives. Yet, it seems that Paul saw his life in a rather different way.

 

There is nothing that people do or that we are involved with in our life that does not have the hand of God hovering over it. Whether we like it or not and regardless of our comfortability or our desire for the involvement, the lives that we live belong to God. Thus, we can choose to seek His wisdom, guidance, and strength; or we can do it our own way and hope that our way is good enough. Regardless of our choice, the Lord will be with us, and He is prepared to enter into the process of the life that we are living at any time. In Christ we are all unified into one organism, bound together by the His Spirit. We become individuals who are intimately connected to other individuals, and we all, individually and collectively, are joined together in Christ.

 

When we take any part of our lives and try to live it without involving God in it, we are diminishing our own prospect of success. When we go off on our own and do not engage with the faith body that is around us, we are denying ourselves the use of a powerful resource, and we are decreasing the strength of our community. Christ calls us into unity, into community, and into an all encompassing and ever present journey of faith that takes us through life. Hard times and their tears are made bearable by God’s mercy and compassion. Joy is fulfilled when it springs up from God’s well of truth, and we enjoy peace in and through all of life in the presence of Christ and with the fellowship of His Body.