Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:1-3, NASB
I don’t know about you, but I am completely incapacitated after reading this. Paul has issued a challenge that in human efforts is hard to achieve.
Walk worthy of the calling, humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance in love, unity, peace–Does Paul know who he’s talking to? Does he realize he’s writing to a church congregation? Could it actually be possible for a group of people to actually preserve the unity of the Spirit?
Later in Ephesians 5:18, Paul gives us the insight to doing exactly this:
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord: always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. (Eph 5:18-21)”
The Holy Spirit enables us to live in unity, in love, to walk worthy of the calling, live in humility and gentleness. When consumed by worldly pleasures, our delight is in gratification of self. When we are consumed by the Holy Spirit, our pleasure is in Christ. Where man receives his pleasure, this is the path that man will journey.
If you find pleasure and motivation in money, you will make every effort to become richer. If you desire to walk in love and preserve the unity of the Spirit, you will make every effort to be consumed by the Holy Spirit.
How can you encourage those around you to find their motivation in the Holy Spirit? Help others find their pleasure in God! How can we dive deeper as a church into the plans and purposes of God? We must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
We must make every effort to experience God and go deeper in Him individually and corporately. I believe, one of the greatest moments for a body of believers to unlock the commanded blessings of God through unity is in corporate saturation in God’s presence through prayer and worship.
Psalm 133 describes this corporate anointing that unlocks spiritual blessings:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion: For there the Lord commanded the blessing–life forever.
There is an eternal supply of supernatural anointing oil. This oil described in Psalm 133 is a picture of the person of the Holy Spirit. He will cover us–our mouths, our hands, our feet to speak, to work, and to walk in the commanded blessing of God that comes from supernatural unity.
Enjoy the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace today. Step in a little deeper to this River of Life!