Yours, Mine, Ours

In my Monday Bible study, we were looking at Romans 12.  The study is actually in Ephesians, but we are determining to focus upon and grasp this idea of biblical unity (which is much, much more than just “getting along”).

We enthusiastically embrace unity with the Savior:

Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above, Thou hast taught me it is so!
O this full and perfect peace! O this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.

~George Robinson, 1876

Click here for the rest of the lyrics.

We need to go further, though.  Here is what we read, that really opened my eyes:

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” ~Romans 12:3-5

In another version, verse 5 is stated, “so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

I couldn’t get away from this.  During the study a week ago, I felt compelled to go around the table, make eye contact with each lady, and say, “I am yours.”  Then, in the same manner, I went back around and said, “You are mine.”  So simple, but so compelling.

If we would get this idea, that we are to strive for unity like this, it would transform every church, every family, every marriage, where Christ is present.

I’m doing my best to renew my mind, as the context says:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” vv 1,2

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