Many have heard the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech, I have a Dream, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. King’s delivery of the speech on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
In a similar fashion, I have been given a dream. A dream in which we as Christians can unite as the Body of Christ. Spreading the Gospel and Truth of God’s Word so that all man kind, can be delivered through salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. A dream where all racial barriers are broken, a dream where economic status does not matter, a dream where our main focus is sharing the love that Jesus Christ has given us. No matter what our status is, we have all been called, we have all been commissioned to go and share the Good News. While there are many different denominations, we as the Body, need to step up and step out of our comfort zones, and share the love of Christ.
I can stand here now and tell you that it breaks my heart to see the Body of Christ as it is today. There is division like no other time in our history. As the Body of Christ, we are governed by the Head or Brain, which is supposed to be God. However, if you look at the Body today, and honestly look, you would think that there is no connection to the Brain at all. Each part is doing its own thing. The Body (our physical body) was designed by God to work as one accord. For example, the legs receive a signal from the Brain, saying step forward, and then your legs move. However, if we use that same analogy for the Body of Christ, it would look more like one leg stepping forward and the other going backward, while the hand slaps the face. We are truly disconnected as the Body and you know who pays the ultimate price for this? The non-believers that we are supposed to be reaching. They see what the Church has become and they say, I want nothing to do with that.
So what then shall we do? How can we fulfill this Dream?
Unity in the Body of Christ
1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it[a] says:
“When he ascended on high,
he led captives in his train
and gave gifts to men.”[b] 9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Living as Children of Light
17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
20You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26“In your anger do not sin”[d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
The Great Commission
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. But on that day, not all will enter the gates of Heaven. One day our Lord and Savior will return, if we don’t pass before then, on that day, we as Christians, we have to account for what we have done. We will stand before the Lord and He will ask us what we did to share what He so freely gave to us. What will you say?
Imagine this instead. The enemy longs to destroy the Kingdom of God. He longs to keep the people on this earth, blinded from the Truth that lies in Jesus Christ. However, imagine if all of us as Christians would unite in one accord and proclaim the gospel in our everyday lives. Imagine the day where fear no longer kept you from saving a soul by sharing with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. If you saw someone stuck in a fire, would you just pass them by, or would you do everything possible to try and save them? So is it not the same with a soul? We see them stuck in a lifestyle that is leading them to eternal fire, but what are we doing? We need to take charge, be bold in our faith, and share the love of Christ with all we see.
I have a dream, a dream of saving every lost soul through sharing the love of Christ. I have a dream, a dream where we don’t rely on others to do what we are commanded to do. I have a dream, will you help make it a reality?