Who are you loyal to? Yourself or God?
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Where I grew up there were four elementary schools that fed into one public high school.
By the time we reached age fourteen, there was just one school that had our loyalty – our high school. One team for us – the Bulldogs!
We had our rivalries – the neighboring high school teams like the Sequoits or the Panthers, and even a rival Bulldogs team!
But in my town, we were unified! We were loyal to our team. We identified ourselves by our team and by our school – until, that is, we graduated.
Then our colleges captured our loyalty and identification. Of course, there were many different colleges we all went to, so our unification lessened over the years.
It is interesting to me that now that 35 years have passed, and I connect more with my former high school classmates, we once again are becoming united around our high school team loyalty!
When St. Paul writes about “one body and one Spirit” he is talking about the unification of the Christian Church, the Christian faith and our loyalty to God.
If we were united around a human institution or a human personality, this unifying would be tenuous, at best.
What if the human institution were to dissolve? What if the human personality were to retire or die? Do you see just how fragile such a unifying spirit can be?
Our faith is not to be in either institutions or personalities. Our faith is to be grounded in God, and only God.
St. Paul uses the word “one” to make it clear where we are grounded and unified.
We are grounded in one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God.
This is Not About Us
Notice who this is about. It is not about us! It is about God. That is where our loyalty lies. That is where our faith is grounded.
The temptation is to make this about us, however. We are tempted to consider our faith just that, our faith. The same thing about the church, baptism, body, and hope.
Satan wants us to consider all these things ours. Because when he’s successful in that, he knows that our faith is now grounded in something that will not last.
Jesus described the powerlessness of ourselves when he said, “you cannot make one hair white or black” (Matthew 5:36).
Of course, we can augment the color of our hair with a dye, but we cannot change the original color of our hair (however, our kids can – from our natural color to gray).
If we don’t have this simple power, why do we think grounding our souls and our lives in ourselves is a good idea?
Better to put our souls in God’s hands. Be loyal and identify yourself in God, who never changes, is all powerful, and all-loving!
Heavenly Father, forgive me when I give in to the temptation of the evil one to trust in myself instead of in you. Fill me so with your Holy Spirit that I am grounded in the one Lord, one faith, and one Baptism that Jesus came to give me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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