We Are One

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ. – (Galatians 3:26-28, NLT) 

 

God looks at us through the lens of His Son. Not one of us is more or less worthy than another, but rather we are equally covered and called clean by what Christ has done for us on the cross. Our part is to trust in Him, believe that His grace is enough, and move forward as one body in the freedom that we’ve been given so that we may go forth and love as we are loved. May we each embrace our status as children of God, and walk out our days as one body, determined to love God and love people as God so lavishly loves each of us.

 

We are the children, not-defined-by-a-day

Of God our great King;

United with Christ,

Such love the Lord brings.

Through our own choosing,

To receive the gift;

Our faithful pursuit,

Grants us a soul lift.

For through this union,

We have been made new;

Cleansed and called righteous,

One body in You.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can be called Your children when we choose to place our trust in Jesus and what He did on our behalf. Thank You that through baptism, we are united with Christ, and covered and called clean before You. Thank You that You see Christ in us, rather than the guilt and shame that we carry. Forgive us for not receiving all that You are offering, or for somehow holding onto that which You have already forgiven. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would receive all that You offer, and see others through Your eyes. Show us how to love as You love, so that we may move as one body, with one purpose, as You have called us to love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we go forth and love as we are loved. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

Hope to Hold the Unseen

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16

In order to believe, we must have faith in what we hope for and allow Him to make a home in our heart.  When we are baptized, we are laying hold of our hope, declaring our faith before the Father, friends and family, and allowing His Spirit to continue to cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness.  It is written that those who do not believe, will be condemned.  Such condemnation, will result in eternal separation from He who offers our redemption.

Faith is not something we simply muster, rather it is something that grows and is firmly established as we earnestly seek Him.  As we do, our faith is firmly formed.  “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1.  Though we do not yet see God in all His glory, He provides plenty of glimpses all around us through all that He has made.  For it is through each of us, created in His own image, that those who do not yet know Him are provided opportunity to hear Him calling through the words and deeds that our hearts and hands extend to each.  What we say and do has eternal significance.  We are either being the sweet scent of salvation, or we are emitting the stench of eternal suffering.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not require countless rules and rituals to reach redemption.  Rather, You ask that we believe and be baptized, so that we may receive all that You have for us.  Please forgive us for our attitudes and actions that have been anything other than a sweet scent unto You.  Lead us to love with our lives, so that others too, might find faith in You.  Teach us to trust Your goodness and grace, so that we may extend the same to all whom we encounter.  Let lives be changed and hearts be moved, so that all may know of Your majesty.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present