S (Scripture): 2 Corinthians 1:21 God is the one who establishes us with you in Christ and who anointed us. 22 God also sealed us and gave the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.
O (Observation): Paul is writing to the church in Corinth. He is reminding them – once again – of their being “in Christ” together.
Paul really taps into the sense of oneness. He picks up on Jesus’ notion that as the Christ freely dwells in each believer, they act as if they are one! Living in different cities? Still one! Former Greek or former Jew? Still one, in Christ!
This means that they can be free to share with one another and welcome one another should they travel. Or share financial obligations.
A (Application): How many of us sense the Oneness? I fear many of us are so individually minded that we have a hard time sensing the oneness.
I have to look out for me and mine. That is a survival instinct that all of us have. But we are also imbued with a sense of oneness through being in Christ together.
Jesus is the foremost example of what it means to be in Christ. He shows forth the full expression of Christ: chosen, gifted, servant, loving, beloved.
We are all given these same gifts. Or we can stifle these gifts.
When we share, when we love, when we allow ourselves to be cared for…we are showing how we are in Christ with one another.
P (Prayer): Lord, remind us of our oneness in you…amen.