Okay, so I can’t get this bicycle built for seven out of my mind. I had never seen one of those before and after thinking about the coordination it takes for two people to ride the same bike, I cannot imagine seven people doing the same thing.
Yes, I have seen some rowing competitions with eight people rowing and one person called a coxswain who is steering and directing the boat; I guess someone would have to take on that role. The benefit, of course, is instead of the power being generated by a single rower, the coordinated power of eight rowers would be significantly more.
I wonder if that was somewhere in Jesus’ mind when he prayed to His father for us to be “one”. Imagine the power the church could posses if it could be one under Christ like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are together? How much more power would we have in this world?
But alas, we are like eight rowers rowing or seven cyclists cycling all wanting to do our own thing. Often times almost competing with each other and deciding that if you don’t believe exactly like I do, then you are a part of the problem; you are the enemy.
What kinds of relationships do you have with other flavors of believers? Yes, the fundamentals or the essentials of the faith must be upheld, but on other matters of less importance. We might do better laying some of that aside in favor of cooperation. We are going to need each other more than ever in the days that are coming.
And who knows? We might just realize we will get further down the road as we learn to pedal together.
“That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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