I am DEVOTED; I am prepared for eternity.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)

Are we devoted to God? If we say yes to this, then we should also be devoted to others: family, friends, relatives, neighbors, classmates, officemates, even strangers. How can we claim to love God yet dishonor our parents, betray our friends, hate our relatives, despise our neighbors, bully our classmates, spread rumors about our officemates, or disregard strangers?

We cannot choose whom to love because God sent His Son for everyone. Not just the likeable or the loveable, but everyone. Especially the unlikeable and the unlovable.

I am CONSECRATED; I am prepared for eternity.

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)

Waiting for the Israelites was a miracle beyond their imagination: the waters of the Jordan River would stop flowing and would stand up like a wall so they could cross it on dry ground. But for them to experience this, there was one condition: they must consecrate themselves.

Similarly, waiting for us is a year full of miracles and wonders beyond our imagination: God’s blessings and provisions, protection and deliverance, comfort and presence, peace and joy, love and mercy. But there is one condition: we need to be consecrated. We need to be set apart for God. We need to devote ourselves fully and solely to Him.

So let us begin 2021 by choosing God. Let us throw away any sinful thought, emotion, and deed that could hinder us from fully embracing Him.

One in Christ’s LOVE

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

That we are one in Christ is a gift founded on this: Christ’s love. Because had He not—out of love—come down from heaven to earth, become like us, shed His blood, and sacrificed His very life for wicked and wretched people such as us, we would not have any way to be reconciled to the Father. We would not be saved. We would not be children of God.

So let us celebrate not just our being one in Christ but, also, its reason. Let us celebrate Christ’s love for us. Let us share it to the world. As we do, more people would discover His love and, also, be one in Christ.

One in Christ’s RESURRECTION

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

We will all die. Our heart will stop to beat. Our breath will be extinguished. Our body will rot.
We will die… but only physically. That is, if we believe in Jesus Christ.

Because if we believe in Jesus Christ, He not only lives in us, He also makes us alive. So even
though our body dies, our soul will not—will never—throughout all eternity. This is our blessed

One in Christ’s BODY

But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (1 Corinthians 12:18-20)

Each of us is unique, fulfilling different roles and responsibilities inside the church: some are called to be pastors and some to be workers, others to be in the frontline while others, in the background.

But our different roles need not divide us. In fact, our different roles complete the whole picture. Without one, we would not be one… we would not be whole. So let us complement each other, work with each other, support one another. Because, ultimately, as part of God’s church, we must be one not just in Christ but, also, with one another.

One in Christ’s HOLINESS

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

Ours is a personal God. That is why we draw near to Him and connect to Him in worship. But while that is true, He also is a holy God.

So let us not just draw near to Him. Let us draw near to Him with a pure and holy heart. More than just singing and dancing, more than just the bowing of heads and the lifting up of hands—more than all these outward manifestations—the worship our holy God desires and deserves, is the offering of our lives, holy and pleasing unto Him.

One in Christ’s SERVICE

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:14-15)

If the One who is above all, who is the Most High King, stooped down and became the least of all, even became the lowliest of servants, shouldn’t we also—and all the more—set aside our positions and privileges and serve one another?

So let the strong empower the weak. Let the wise enlighten the foolish. Let the rich bless the poor. And let the influential defend the oppressed. Because if Jesus did, so also should we.

One in Christ’s WILL

For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother. (Mark 3:35)

Christianity is not just being but, also, doing. While we are saved not by works but by faith, the genuineness of our faith is tested through our actions. Do we live according to God’s commands, follow His voice, and obey His will? Or do we insist on living on our own terms and following our own desires?

If we still insist on following our own will, then we have not truly understood that God’s commands are for our good, that His voice leads to the path of righteousness, that His will is always perfect. The genuine Christian understands that. The genuine Christian, therefore—the one who is truly one in Christ—is he who has died to himself, to his own desires, to his own will. There is no other measurement.

One in Christ’s POWER

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Turned water into wine. Multiplied the bread and the fish. Walked on water. Calmed raging storms. Healed multitudes of sick people. Raised the dead to life. Was Himself raised from dead to life. All these—and more—show the power of Jesus Christ. Of the One who is in us.

So, whatever battles we may face in this life, as children of God, already, we have overcome. Already, our struggles are turned into victories and our resources, multiplied. Already, we are walking above that sea of problems and the raging storms in our hearts, calmed. Already, we are healed and our dull and dead lives, revived. Because of Jesus Christ.

One in Christ’s CHARACTER

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. (Ephesians 5:1)

To call ourselves Christians is one thing, to be called Christians is another. It means being recognized by others as Christians. It means that we are being true to our label, that we are living out the testimony, that we are reflecting Christ’s character.

So more than just telling the world about Christ, let us show them. Through our actions and reactions, through our choices and priorities, through our way of life, may the people around us indeed see that Christ is in us.