Wednesday, February 07, 2007

CQOD: 02/05/07 -- Allen: recognizing unity

Christian Quotation of the Day

February 5, 2007
    Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
    -- 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (ESV)

    It is not true that the assertion of spiritual principle is vain because we can not see at the moment how to express that principle in action. It would assuredly make a difference if Christians, in their approach one to another, realized that, in spite of appearances, they were in fact one. If, in their seeking after external reunion, they realized that they were seeking not to create a unity which does not yet exist, but to find an expression for a unity which does exist, which is indeed the one elemental reality, they would approach one another in a better frame of mind. The common recognition of the principle would in itself be a unifying force of great value, and would dispose those who shared it to approach questions of difference in a spirit of unity which would immensely assist their deliberations.
    ... Roland Allen (1869-1947), Pentecost and the World [1917]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, send the knowledge of Your Spirit into every part of the Body.

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