“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.” Ephesians 4: 5-6
These are the phrases that I heard Friday morning: “Why is it not coming on? Is the breaker off? Step check the breaker!” What just happened is that our window AC Unit was dead. So my dad and I had to troubleshoot. After 2 trips to the hardware store and 8 hours later, we determined that our unit is no longer viable and had to be replaced. This would be a daunting task for a semi-out-of-shape 35-year-old and a 70-year-old man with a bad shoulder. These units can weight over 100lbs!
So off we went to the store. We found the unit we wanted. We got it on the cart. We paid for it. Then when we got it to the truck and we could not get it off the cart! I thought “Oh my God what are we going to do?” Then comes a guy with his daughter. He saw that we were struggling. He asked if we needed help and he helped me lift the huge unit into the back of our SUV. We told him thanks. He replied, “You’re Welcome and God bless you.” I replied, ” God bless you too.” He and his daughter took our cart back to the store. I went back in to get a warranty for the unit and my dad said that the same man helped an elderly woman with here items.
I didn’t catch the guys name but he is a true example of living his faith. I didn’t know what church belonged to but I knew he had a relationship with Jesus. I knew that because of his actions on Saturday. He saw two guys struggling to lift a heavy box. He didn’t judge. He didn’t care what denomination we were. He didn’t care that what race we were. He didn’t ask about party affiliation. He just saw two people that had a need and he met it.
Imagine if we all were like our good Samaritan? That is what Paul was getting at in this portion of his letter. We are all one in the body of Jesus Christ. We all have gifts that can be used to help others. We all have the same calling and responsibilities. We are all meant to be living examples of the faith we profess daily. It doesn’t take much. It could be as simple as helping two guys lift a heavy box into an SUV.