January Article

…being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling…  Ephesians 4:3-4

Ferried up from downstairs, I heard the “whoosh” of rushing air as I broke the pint’s seal.

Peach preserves. Incredibly sweet, an aroma recounting fall days and our activity in “putting up” our canning for the winter. In the quiet mornings of our Christmas days, we enjoyed that pint immensely on toast and English muffins.

To enjoy the peach preserves last week, we had put care and planning into their safekeeping months ago. Peaches quickly ruin if ignored or treated roughly. When viewed as valuable and worthwhile, they receive careful preservation. It doesn’t just happen—you need to be plugged in, and appreciate the gift God gives in the harvest.

For this year in this column, I’ll look at us—the church—to help us grow in appreciation to the Lord for the gift He has given us in being a part of the Body.  Our call is to preserve unity of the Spirit in us, a living body. Look with me into the Word of God, and be challenged as to how each of us is called to fulfill our role in the Body—watching, protecting, guarding and keeping the gift God has allowed us to participate in.  The call is of the Lord, the Spirit is of the Lord; the equipping is His as well.

So preserve what God has given. It takes care, and diligence, and even some hard work on everyone’s behalf. The reward is incredible—for your growth, the growth of the Body, and even that which is yet to come. Welcome to life in the Church!