Fence Post of Faith January 2016
Together, We Can Make a Difference.

We just finished with our Family Christmas with all 7 grandkids. For Many day preceding Christmas they anticipated with great excitement all of the presents they would receive. As they gathered around the Christmas tree, they were certain of what was going to happen. Although they could only guess what they would receive, they were confident that they would open a lot of presents, just like last year. Their faith was strong because their previous experience had been very real one. They were sure of what they had hoped for and certain of what they did not see. This is a wonderful picture of the simple, Childlike faith that God desires for all of us to have.
      God made this hope available to every person more than two thousand years ago when He tore down walls that had divided nations from the beginning of time, Jesus proclaimed, “ Anew command I give you: Love one another . As I have loved you must love one another. By this all man will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34, 35). He went on to say, “ I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I  in them and you in me and have loved them even as you loved me” ( John 17:22,23). This is the common ground shared by those who desire to please God.
    Faith, hope, and love are the threads that bind believers together in unity. While Christian unity does not allow for division, it does include variety. First Corinthians 12:4 tells us “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all Men. The writer of Corinthians’ it says “As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
      Our Minister likes to refer to this description as a galaxy of many planets revolving around the sun. We, as individuals of the great universe known as the church, we must discover which orbit God has designed for us an then get in it. We should learn what our giftings are and put them to use. When we attempt to be part of the body that we were not designed to be, we are out of our orbit and of little use to God. Unity is achieved what each part of the body functions as it was designed. Unity is the common ground we must share together in order to fulfill our calling as the church.
     As individual members of Christ’s Church, we must accept the responsibility of our great calling. We must not be content to sit idly by, allowing others to do what we should be doing. It is imperative that each part of the body function as it was designed. Working together in unity with the rest of the body, we must proclaim the message of hope. Our hope rests in the promises of a God who sent His Son to die so that we may live forever in His glorious presence. He has sent us a “helper,” the Holy Spirit, to help us fulfill the Great Commission facing each of us today and to experience that victory of walking in unity with the Almighty. We should approach the opportunity to share our hope with all the exuberance of a child opening presents at Christmas. It is the greatest gift anyone can ever receive.
   It is time to mobilize the body of Christ in Unity in 2016. It is time to watch over and care for one another, to pray for and forgive one another, and reach out in love and truth to people everywhere. In His faithfulness, God has provided us. Witness God’s love at work in 2016, see how He is still at work in our lives today. Together, we can make a difference.
     Jeff Metcalf