How many bosses do you have? Do you have multiple bosses? Do you have a boss, who has a boss, who has a boss? Is it confusing at times wondering what will be the next thing to come down the chain of command? Is it frustrating?
We all have bosses. Some are very apparent and direct. Others may be a little fuzzy and indirect. Yet every single person has someone or several someone’s who tell them what to do. There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t have to answer to someone.
Oh, there are people who think they don’t have to answer to anyone, but they do. Even a president answers to someone. They answer to a board of directors or shareholders or congress or voters. Sometimes, it’s the spouse of the president who provides the most guidance and direction.
Do you think serving God is confusing, too? Do you wonder how to explain the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Here’s the good news—they are One. I know this may appear to be confusing, and we may not fully understand it in this life, but they are One.
Take a look at how many times one appears in today’s passage. Do you get the drift of what Paul’s point was? There is only One. Why would Paul make such a point? I believe his point was to eliminate division among the believers in Ephesus. His point was they were all serving the same God, in the same Spirit, with the same faith and hope, because they had the same baptism.
I believe Paul wanted to emphasize they were all the same in God’s eyes. And notice what he says about God. He is over all, through all, and in all. Wow! Do you understand? God is in each believer, just like the lifegiving blood that pumps through our arteries and veins.
Why go to such extremes to state one over and over again? To build unity. To let the people know they were all part of one body. They were part of a living, breathing organism called the body of Christ. Our unity in Christ is what holds the body together. Sure, Jesus’ blood washed us clean, but it is the unity we have in Him that brings us together and holds us together.
I pray we all understand we are part of one body. I pray we realize there is one God. I pray each of us holds on to our faith, pursuing unity in the body of Christ. Keep the unity of the body. Know that God is in you. Hold on to your faith and hope. Live in the one Spirit.
Ephesians 4:4-6 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.