Though it showed up a couple hundred years earlier during the religious persecutions of seventeenth-century Europe, “All for one and one for all” had its modern origin in the nineteenth-century novel The Three Musketeers by French author Alexandre Dumas. “Un pour tous, tous pour un.” In either case, it was a motto that captured unity and camaraderie in the face of opposition.
I have chosen it as the clarion call for our May MemberPartnership campaign that begins this week, because, with a little different spin on it, it captures the oneness of spirit, mind and purpose that characterizes our MemberPartners, and the multi-faceted gifts and talents that they represent in the body of Christ. I must admit, however, that there was something about the swashbuckling musketeers that captured my fancy and took me back to Gideon and his 300 fighting men — the theme of our last MemberPartnership campaign last summer. Who knows? I may get to wear my world famous Gideon outfit one more time!
“All for one” reminds me that we are all serving the same Lord, wherever we are, whatever we are doing. He is the one we worship. He is the reason we exist — the ultimate purpose for all we do. He is our hero — the king of kings and Lord of lords. And we are all doing this all for one reason: to fulfill our destiny as human beings in the image of God, and as Christians in the marketplace. We are called to the marketplace because we are there already. It is, and has always been, our mission field.
All for one and One for all. There is only one Lord, but He is Lord of all. He is the one for everyone. He died for all that all might live. Our message is fully inclusive. It leaves no one out. Christ is for all. Is that a great message or what?
Your business partner at work? Christ is for him. Your favorite teller at the bank? Christ is for her. The gay person who does your hair? Christ is for him. The homeless man on the street corner? Christ is for him. Your neighbors across the street? Christ is for them. The chatty one in your yoga class? Christ is for her.
Christ is the one for everyone. Our MemberPartners know this and we are here to help them with all the ramifications of this reality. All for one and One for all! We are all here for Him, and He is here for us. What a bold, daring and valiant call for any brave musketeer!
Online MemberPartnership Campaign
The Catch Ministry is about to launch its online and app-based MemberPartnership drive. While it has floundered in its previous attempts to increase its presence online, this move is expected to be the Catch’s most exhaustive social media program. The drive will be launched by John Fischer, Catch Ministry pastor.
Coming soon …