The Plumb Line Shows Things in Common
If a plumb line shows a corner to be out of line, how many bricks have to be moved? Most of them. The error was slight in its beginning. The taller the wall was built the more apparent the error became. The bricks at the top need significant movement. My point is not the amount of movement. Movement is a common need to almost all the bricks!
What is the Christian community really good at? Several things. One of them is segregating ourselves from ourselves. Huh?
Alignment Diminishes Differences
Think about it. Do the Methodists talk about the Baptists? What do the Baptists say about the Presbyterians? And within each one of those camps (and there are more) you’ll hear the arguing between the liberals and the conservatives. Point made. The plumb line points out these problems.
And all this segragating causes us to lose focus on at least two things:
- Why God left us here after He saved us
- All the things we have in common
God’s Plumb Line is Commonality
Consider the following Scriptures. They make the point much better than I can.
- Common Salvation – “…our common salvation…” – Jude 3
- Common Faith – To Titus my true son in our common faith. Titus 1:4
- Common Grace – For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
- Common Purpose – The Greatest Commandment – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
- Common Love – And the second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31
- This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. John 15:13
- Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Romans 12:10-11
- Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart. 1 Peter 1:22
- Common Service – I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1
- Common Spirit Within – For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. 1 Corinthians 12:13
- Common Entrance – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
- Common Gifting for Edification – But to each one (every Christian) is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7
- Common Ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
- Common Destiny – In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there you may be also. If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also. John 14:2-3
How many more disciples would we make if we spent more time celebrating what God has given us in common? Just a question…
Soli Deo Gloria!