26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)
Differences divide us: male and female, young and old, dark and fair, rich and poor, learned and unlearned.
Still, even in our differences, we—from every corner of the Philippines and from the 60 nations of the world, regardless of our race and status, regardless of our age and gender, regardless of our educational status and family background—are one. In Christ.
We are one because we all are stamped with the imprint of God. We are one because we all are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are one because we all are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. God’s creation, Jesus’ redeemed, the Holy Spirit’s temple—that’s who we all are.
So, in this day and age where shaming, bullying, and discrimination are widespread, we—God’s people—need to show the world that differences need not lead to disputes and disagreements… that divisions need not result in the damage of hearts and the darkness of souls. We need to show the world that we can look past the differences and see the One who unites us all: Jesus Christ.
Therefore, while we have been shouting that Jesus is Lord for the past four decades, this year, we do not just shout louder. We shout together.
Imagine the impact of such a cry—
It would shake the forces of the enemy to their core. One faithful Christian is frightening enough, but a multitude of faithful Christians together? Terrifying.
It would accomplish the purposes of God. One faithful Christian is enough to get a job done, but a multitude of faithful Christians? That would mean accomplishing more, and faster.
It would convince those outside the fold that what we proclaim is indeed true. One faithful Christian is example enough, but a multitude of faithful Christians together? Powerful testimony.
So this coming October 26, 2019—and even in the years to come—let us not withhold our shout. Together, as one family in Christ, let us go and proclaim that Jesus is Lord!