While visiting Japan and Taiwan this past month, I visited three churches, one in Tokyo and the other two in Taiwan, for different Sunday morning meetings. Despite being at different places each time, I was singing the same hymns and prayreading the lines, calling on the name of the Lord, and enjoying the sweet portion from Morning Revival. Whatever I do with the believers in Seattle, I was doing the same thing in a different language with the believers in Japan and in Taiwan. Although there are differences such as the meetings being smaller and inside the believers’ houses, the dear brothers and sisters made me feel at home despite being at an unfamiliar place with new faces. And this is all because there is oneness between the believers.
I was reading a ministry concerning the oneness of the Spirit as a foundation for the church. Ephesians 4:3 says, “Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit.” We need to be diligent to keep this oneness, because this is what the Lord prayed for in John 17: for the believers to be one even as Christ and the Father are one. However, it is not so easy to be one with the believers, but because God has imparted His life into us, we can be one with God through the Spirit within us, which makes us all one. This oneness keeps the church from being divided and keeps the churches on the same ground. Not only are we one within a church, but also one with other churches. No matter where we meet, we can feel at home. Praise the Lord for the oneness of the Spirit.