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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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05/27/2010

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A Worthwhile Walk


"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling to which you were called" (Eph.4:1).

"Golf is a good walk spoiled," is a quote attributed to Mark Twain. Unless they are having an extremely bad day, most golfers would probably disagree. Walks through the woods or on the beach are a time to be treasured. So is our Christian walk a thing to be treasured. In the 17th chapter of John, just before His crucifixion, Jesus prayed for the unity of those who professed His name. The prayer was a reminder. He said to His Father; "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one......so that the world may believe that You sent me" (V22 & 21). The groundwork for unity is laid in teaching and knowledge, but they by themselves do not result in a united church. Our knowledge comes from above, but our unity must be lived out among ourselves. We have to be of the disposition that living in peace, humility and harmony is the way that our Lord wants us to live. The nuts and bolts of it is however that we have to do it! Our walk, to be worthwhile, must be a harmonious trip.

Unity should not be thought of as an accident waiting to happen. It should be a way of living in which some accident may cause it to be interrupted. "With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (2 & 3). Unity is about a oneness. It is an outgrowth of a concerted effort. An effort that has us in lowliness, (humility) gentleness and longsuffering, (patience) bearing with one another in love. Have you ever participated in a three-legged race? If you don't learn to walk together quickly, you find yourself on the ground. Paul implies to us, and it is a strong implication, that walking in unity pleases God. The unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is not something superficial in which we "go through the motions" just to say we did. We are to be one as God is one. For emphasis Paul uses the word ONE, over and over. "There is one body, and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" ( Vs. 5 & 6). For Paul, unity among believers begins as we consider the oneness of God...You wouldn't want to spoil a good walk, would you?

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