I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the caling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs in your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I honestly don’t remember where I first heard this or I’d give proper credit. A friend of mine was asked, “If someone were to cut you, what would you bleed?” Duh, blood right? Well not exactly. I ask myself as a motive check… Kingdom or SOY? Valley Church or Kingdom? I look at my community and I see the needs being so great that my ministry and my church alone can not hope to meet those needs by themselves. We need to be about Kingdom. Working together with other churches and other ministries in order to see Christ’s kingdom advanced not only in Des Moines and Iowa, but throughout our nation and world. I’m praying to that end, and if I’m asked I want to be able to say that I bleed kingdom.