Read: “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” Ephesians 2:14 (NIV)
Reflect: The Navy is an incredibly diverse organization. One of my collateral job assignments that I’m the most passionate about is being what all the services refer to as a “Command Managed Equal Opportunity” Advisor aka CMEO. If someone perceives they have been discriminated against due to race, sex or religion, I am their advocate and help to mediate the situation with whomever caused the perceived offense. This same vision for unity must have been what the Psalmist was referring to in Psalm 133:1 when he reminded, “how sweet and how pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Our Navy embraces diversity and is intentional about creating safe and harmonious workplaces. Surely the same thing should be the goal of all of us who make up the church!
God’s mission for the church is unity. In fact, in one of Jesus’ last prayers recorded in John 17, he prays for all believers to be one, as he and his father are one. Much like the Navy, God’s family is incredibly diverse. We are all created in his image despite our various shades of skin tone, our sex, or our religious affiliations. (See Genesis 1:27). Racism is a barrier to unity and limits our ability to carry out the good God has called us to do. As we learned in this weekend’s message, let’s be active in representing heaven on earth now and strive for unity.
React: How can you embrace diversity this week? Maybe you could have a conversation with someone from a different background or culture than your own.
Pray: Father God, thank you for destroying all the barriers that kept us separated and for reconciling us to you through your son, Jesus. Help us to have the same mind and attitude as you and to strive for unity in the body of Christ.