Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017 … One In Christ

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 211 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of the group THIRD DAY, singing the old praise song … Blessed Assurance … joining their audience to poignantly sing of the reality of our oneness in Christ … our unity in the Body of Christ.

Highlight Verse[s]: Psalm 145:13a [NLT] … 
13 For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations; … 
... God’s rule is the one lasting thing which goes on from generation-to-generation. ==============
Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 145:1-13 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… King David praises God for being the God who lasts thru all generations.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Romans 12:4-5 [NLT] … 
4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 
… We Christians make up ONE BODY in Christ.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … 1st Corinthians 12:6 [NLT] … 
6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 
… God is the one non-variable which unifies us all !!

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … Galatians 3:28 [NLT] … 
28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 
… Jesus is the One - and ONLY ONE - Who can cut across - and unify - all the differences of mankind.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David McCasland, uses a personal illustration to teach about the unity we find in Christ. The ODB author wrote: My parents married in 1933 during the Great Depression. My wife and I are Baby Boomers, part of the dramatic increase in births following World War II. Our four daughters, born in the seventies and eighties, belong to Generations X and Y. Growing up in such different times, it’s not surprising that we have different opinions about many things! 
Generations differ widely in their life experiences and values. And this is true among followers of Jesus. But no matter what we wear or the kind of music we enjoy, our spiritual connection [in Christ] is stronger than those differences. [see photo] 

Certainly many would agree that those of my generation (the BabyBoomers) likely don’t see life the same way as this generation (the Millennials). But some time ago, on a flight, I was sitting next to an engaging young lady who was at least one generation [more likely two] removed from me. And she noted that I was reading a Christian book. Boldly she asked me what I was reading; and as soon as we realized that we were both in the family of God, all differences of generational perspective were cast aside; and we conversed as if we were both headed to the same family reunion (which if you think about it, we were [and are] … headed to glory TOGETHER).

That’s what King David wrote about in Psalm 145 in the OT; and it’s what the Apostle Paul wrote about in several places (see reference verses) in the NT. And it’s what the group Third Day sings about so joyously in the linked song. … In Christ we all have the “Blessed Assurance” of the same salvation … graced by the same God … to all who believe on His Name.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … O LORD, … I pray that all who read here enjoy the unity of the family of God and serve our Lord in the Body of Christ. … Amen

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