“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the 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 all.” (Ephesians 4: 4-6)
God is one. We read in the Hebrew texts that there is but one God and for the people of ancient times this was a radical idea. The prevailing belief of the time, that there were multiple Gods each with a specific job and purpose, was being challenged. The God in whom we are called to believe in is one who is available to us to meet whatever need we may have. Health, prosperity, relationships, discernment for what is next for us, making sure the sun rises and sets and that the tides flow in and out, this same God can meet all of those needs and more and does so out of a love and a desire for us to live abundant lives as whole and fulfilled individuals.
One God. God is everywhere present, fully powerful at each place in the universe. Wherever we are we are at the center of all that is the magnificence of God. If we travel to the ends of the earth we are still in the center of God. Those whom we lift up in prayer, even if they are on the other side of the earth, are also at the center of God. The fullness of all that is God is with us, and is also with them. This is a beautiful realization for all of us. We live, and move, breathe and thrive within the very presence of God. This means that we can never be apart from God except to the degree that we separate ourselves through our own lack of belief and trust. Throughout our day we can turn within and affirm that we are still, and always will be, at the center of a powerful God who moves through us in each thing that we experience.
The fullness of God and the presence of God is not something that we must earn, for it is given to us freely, lovingly and generously. This had to be a radical idea to an ancient people who felt that they not only had to earn their God’s favor, but that they could lose that favor at any moment. How blessed we indeed are to know how much we are loved and that this amazing love is always right where we are at every moment.
Affirmation: “The fullness of God blesses me wherever I am and in whatever I am doing.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.