Thursday, October 20, 2016

All for One -- One for ALL -- "One Another Living"

Maybe we should take the battle cry of the Three Musketeers and make it our motto. That sounds like a lofty goal, especially in the light of all this presidential campaign rhetoric, bitter and contentious words and remarks from both candidates and parties.

If ever Christians needed to become "All for One and One for All", it's today. What does that mean? It means that our lives should become so "light" bearing, that it is so obvious who the Christians are. People need to see Christains who manifest the character of Christ, speaking the truth in love with courage and compassion. I love Rick Warren's statement "God teaches us to love by putting some unlovely people around us. It takes no character to love people who are lovely and loving to you." The more bitter our nation's politics are, the more persuasive OUR witness will be.

No pun intended, but LOVE trumps everything! It trumps gender and ethnic diversity. It trumps cultural differences. It trumps religious preferences. It even trumps political affiliations.

We’ve gotten so consumed with being right that we’ve forgotten about being IN LOVE. That’s right! We are supposed to be in love with each other.

God's love.....Christ’s love trumps all! ALL! I know it’s not polite to yell (all caps), but we’ve got to get this right and soon.

Back to "All for One -- One for All". In Galatians 5:14, Paul wrote, "For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I think what Paul is talking about here is the kind of love of neighbor that the Musketeers had for each another. We can learn from their unity and loyalty. As followers of Jesus Christ, not only do we strive to serve, protect, and love God, but we are ALSO called to serve, protect and love each other.

Today, I'm thinking of ways that we can join our hands and hearts together to be a part of something greater than my 4 and no more -- greater than "What's in it for me?" What if we began to pray and humble ourselves to become servants that live a life of ONE ANOTHER LIVING? "What can i do for you? What can i do for the cause? What can i do for the team? What can i do for others that helps them to win?" We're ALL on the same team -- we're God's kids, and we represent our Father Who WILL WIN and win BIG TIME (yes, I'm yelling again) in spite of who this nation's next president will be! Everyone will know us by being on the LIGHT side by our love for one another. All for ONE -- ONE for all.