To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together, if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
I Corinthians 12: 7, 25, 26 (ESV)
It was the Four Musketeers who gallantly stood “All for One and One for All” in defense of the king’s honor and for the nobility and protection of his realm. And as these hallowed biblical scriptures reveal, we believers are also called to stand inseparably united, selflessly loving one another, strengthened by the mighty resolve and grace of our Heavenly Father. For, be it known, nothing will ever separate us from the love and devotion of our King of Kings, God Almighty. And as we are intimately joined by faith in Christ Jesus with the Father, we are similarly joined with one another in brotherly love. And as we comprise the spiritually unified body of believers, nourished by the lifeblood of Jesus Christ and the righteous ministry of the Holy Spirit, we will never be so isolated as to act independently in defense of God’s kingdom, for we are inseparably joined in the Holy Spirit.
The “common good” is God’s “perfect good” for us all. And while we all differ in character and stature, we are all given a gracious measure of spiritual empowerment by God Almighty. It is through God’s amazing grace that we are justified and granted the freedom to employ our spiritual gifts to convey harmony and synergy to the body of Christ in bringing salvation and an ever-expanding kingdom to the world.
Yes, the Four Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnon recognized the powerful synergy built within an allegiance of ethics and morals strengthened by personal bonding. Yet their tale is a fictional adventure, ours is conspicuously authentic, challenging our faith and spiritual resolve every day. Just remember we are never alone or isolated from God the Father, Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit or from the hallowed prayers of our fellow believers.
So, let us draw near to one another in common purpose, unsheathing our mighty swords of faith, truth, and justice together in steadfast readiness to defend and advance the integrity and honor due our King of Kings and his mightiest of all realms the kingdom of God, each and every day.
Dear Lord, create a spirit of unity and love within the Body of Christ, beginning with each of our individual hearts and minds. Let your Spirit bond us with our brothers and Sisters in Christ, and let our actions be draped in love as we live out the affirmation and assurance bound in the common good. Amen.
A F Fischer