Sunday I will introduce a new sermon series that I am entitling, “One Another.” No flashy title…just simple truth. Obviously, the forthcoming sermons will be based on the “one another” statements as found in the Word of God. Have you ever looked around at those who sit with you in the congregation? If you haven’t, you should. There are people from all walks of life coming together with the express purpose of giving praise to the Lamb that was slain! I’m reminded of the appearance in heaven:
After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. (Revelation 7:9-HCSB)
What a glorious picture every believer that has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb should long to see…even now! While we live as pilgrims in this fallen world we are challenged to live in the Spirit and not walk according to the flesh. Since the flesh and spirit war against one another, we are presented with a unique challenge from day to day in the local church–serving with one another. You know. Those who are different from you…and in some cases, way different from you. Different perspectives. Different personalities. Perhaps different worldviews. None-the-less, different. However, for all who are regenerate, there remains one purpose, I pray; to glorify God in all things. How people who are obviously different, nevertheless created in the image of God, arrive at this point can present quite the challenge. It is this challenge that the Word of God confronts and, consequently, solves. We are to be about “one another,” and this will be the hardest thing some will ever do–to “look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4-HCSB). Its a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit within you.
Ready or not, we will be confronted with life-altering and God-glorifying truths about how we are to relate to “one another.” After all, we have an audience of one–the Lord Jesus Christ. And that is NOW, as well as for all ETERNITY. Take a look at the person sitting beside you in the pew during the next service. You will learn what the Word of God says about how you are to relate to him/her…even in the most heated disagreement, on your worst day. Every nation. Tribe. People. Language. One Another. Now…