Over the weekend, I had the chance to visit the National Museum of Natural History with my parents. As I walked through the different exhibits, I began to really take notice of some of the other people who were there too. I noticed that there were a number of different races, ethnicities, cultures and even languages meandering throughout the museum just like me. And for awhile, I was puzzled. I thought, “Why would visitors all the way from….Europe, Japan, Australia, etc. come to Washington, D.C. to the museum??” Then it hit me… It struck me, America is one nation, but made up of a very diverse group of people. There are several epic events in history that tie us to another country in some way. Everywhere I looked, there was a piece of history for everyone in those exhibits! No matter what part of the world you came from, there was something for everybody! Russian, Asian, German, French, Indian, Portuguese, Japanese, you name it, it was there.
Then on Sunday, my pastor taught me something from the Lord’s Prayer that I had never realized before. When we pray “Our Father”, we are praying collectively with other brothers and sisters in Christ. We don’t pray, “My Father which art in Heaven…” But in order to pray collectively like this, we have to share this connection. And the connection is in Christ. It shocked me because I never equated praying “Our Father” as a connection to praying in the spirit with other believers. So I dug a little further. Just how am I connected to my brothers and sisters, even those around the world?
I thought, well as a person, I’m connected to other citizens just by the simple fact that we share a native land. This then connects me to this country, its people and its laws. People can also be connected more commonly as a relative, whether by blood or marriage. But I found there to be 4 distinct ways that we as Christians are connected to each other.
We’re connected by the Spirit that lives within us. 1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “For through the baptism of the one Spirit we were all formed into one body, Jews or Greeks, servants or free men, and were all made full of the same Spirit.” This shows our connection through baptism and also our unity with each other through communion as we commemorate Christ’s death.
I found that I am united with my brothers and sisters in Christ by our hope also. Ephesians 4:4 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling,” We all share the same hope; it is a fundamental component to our faith. This hope is an eternal heavenly inheritance.
Right in the next verse, I found Christians are united through our faith. Ephesians 4:5, “one Lord, one faith, one baptism…” This is the faith that we proclaim. What we believe. And it makes sense because if we’re to be connected, we should all believe the same solid, Biblical truth. There can’t be variants. There is ONE faith amongst us.
Colossians 4:14 is an excellent example of the love that binds us together. “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” It says love binds all things in “perfect harmony”. So those united with Christ are also united to each other by this love.
Aside from these four bonds though, we are also united through prayer as when we pray, “OUR Father…” and through fellowship when we can worship together in unity. So it’s nice to belong to a particular set of people, to say you have citizenship in a certain country, but as a Christian….there is SO much more that connects us! The bonds are much more stronger. It ties us so much more tightly together. Creating a true BODY and not just a people or a culture. Though its nice to belong somewhere, it is an HONOR and a PRIVILEGE to belong to the body of Christ. To be able to say, “I belong to the Almighty God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Yahweh is His name.”
TO THE KING!!