Out of Many, One

For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:3-5, Holman Christian Standard Bible).

I have been watching the Democratic National Convention some this week. This post is not some kind of political statement.. I will also watch some of the Republican National Convention next week. I find the process that includes the conventions interesting. I know most people won’t agree with my interests and that’s OK.

One thing I have heard said over and over again during these last three nights, to the point I think I have heard it more in three nights than in all my life. That might be a stretch but “E Pluribus Unam” is not a phrase that is a part of our normal vocabulary.

“Out of Many, One.” As I was listening (something else I was working on at the same time that required I watch what I was doing) I thought about how our national motto fits the Church (or at least it should).

In Romans 12, Paul addresses that too. Paul says in our lesson this morning, “We who are many are one body in Christ.” Paul talks about many different gifts and all those gifts are necessary.

Before Cindy and I got married I had a checking account. I NEVER kept up with my checkbook register. Somehow I never bounced a check but it certainly wasn’t because of my wonderful accounting skills.

When Cindy and I got married, I handed all that over to her. I really don’t like that stuff. It makes me glad that I have people in the church who know and understand the importance of having a finance committee in the church. I keep up (a little) with the bottom line. I guess I am still showing off my accounting skills

I’m also not thrilled about doing things like mowing the grass. I can do it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

I do like preaching and writing. And, I am thankful God didn’t give all of us gifts to preach. That would result in empty pews everywhere because we would all be preaching and there would be no one to listen. I’ve had enough of that this year to last the rest of my career.

Paul would say that God has given us the gifts so we are able to be one together. That, I believe is what God wants of people of faith. Out of many, One.

This thought reminds me of a hymn that I thought I would share with you today.

[Chorus]
One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

[Verse 1]
Gentile or Jew, servant or free,
woman or man, no more.


[Chorus]
One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

[Verse 2]
Many the gifts, many the works,
one in the Lord of all.

[Chorus]
One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

[Verse 3]
Grain for the fields, scattered and grown,
gathered to one, for all.

[Chorus]
One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

The song (and today’s Scripture) serve to remind me that we in the church are called to be, “One Bread, One Body.” We are called to be E Pluribus Unam, “From the many, one.”

Be Blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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