For weeks now, as a church family, we have been building up to our “One Church” bilingual worship service which will come to fruition this coming Sunday morning, August 26th. It has been something that we as a ministry team have been in conversation about since our “One Church” gathering last year. And a time that we have been especially envisioning since the beginning of this year as to what our time together might look like. Having confidence that no matter our plans and discussions, our God will reveal Himself in a wonderful way through our time together in worship, as well as our fellowship at the FLC and beyond.
What an encouraging, amazing opportunity for our English-speaking and Spanish-speaking congregation(s) to come together as one. To learn from one another, to encourage one another, and to praise our Father together. And what a phenomenal opportunity to experience, in a very real way, the presence of God, as we acknowledge our oneness of need, our oneness of desire, our oneness of faith, and our oneness of conviction. Our oneness in following the Way of Jesus.
In Ephesians, the Apostle’s prayer is that “the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18). He reminds us there is “one body and one Spirit,” “one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
John records in his Gospel, the desire of our Savior, as He prays we would be one, just as He and the Father are one (John 17:21).
We talk often about unity. About oneness in the Kingdom. About being one in Christ. Unity amidst diversity. But I wonder if we’ll every fully get it, this side of eternity? Too often it proves difficult in the narrowness of our worldviews or presuppositions and, if we’re honest, in the shallowness of our hearts, to make room for others. Some do well at this. Others of us need “the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened” a bit.
We’ll get a glimpse of oneness in Christ this week. I ask you to be in prayer. And to pray the prayer of Paul for the church then and the church now. That “the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened.” To pray the prayer of our Savior. That we would be one as He and the Father are one.
For it is through hearts that are open and willing that our Father does His most amazing work.
Glory to God!