Read 1 Peter 2:4-10
There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
- Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
I happened to walk past the federal courthouse at a time when many people were leaving the building. All were smiling and many were dressed in special clothes. Some paused in the windy, chilly weather to have pictures taken with their companions.
I soon discovered the source of their joy. These people had just become U.S. citizens and had received the documents that assure them the rights, security, and privileges of this citizenship. People from many different countries now share one allegiance. From many other cultures, they now share one homeland. From many other backgrounds they came — seeking a better life for themselves and their children.
The family of believers and the church offer a similar unity. We are an assembly of many but with one Lord, people who share hope for a better life now and eternal life to come.
Thought for the Day: For citizens of God’s kingdom, every day can be a day of joy.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for Jesus, through whom we now enjoy the many benefits of being a part of your kingdom. Amen.
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