“One for all, all for one” was made famous in the novel “The Three Musketeers.” As they touched their swords together, they said, “One for all, all for one.” The Bible also displays and defines this “motto” (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12, 20). “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. But now are they many members, yet but one body.” One can do much, but many can do much more!
Simply put “One for all, all for one.” Each one should act for the benefit of the group, and the group should act for the benefit of each individual. Each one contributes to the whole. “One for All” means if one suffers or rejoices, all should share with them (1 Cor. 12:26). “One for All” shows no favoritism. “All for One” means that nobody is left behind, because all are needed by the one.
God places in positions as it pleases Him. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (1 Cor. 12:18). We do not choose our positions. Example: Electricity flows in a home to produce power as and when needed. It makes ice in refrigerators and heat in stoves. It flows to make use of unseen appliances. The refrigerator should not seek to be a stove or visa versa. As electricity flows to all appliances in one house, so does the Holy Spirit flow to all those in the body of Christ to serve the One Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit gives different gifts and abilities that are used within His body. Thought! Each one is placed in the body of Deaf ministries as pastors, teachers, interpreters, missionaries, evangelists and friends. Some are placed in churches, ministries, colleges, and deaf churches. All are placed to serve the One Lord. When you are given a gift from God, it pleases you, but when you use your gift, it pleases Him. The body is thankful and appreciates even its little toe or its unseen parts. You may be unseen, but you are not unused. Together we are many that should function as one. You should flow in concert and connect with others around you. God wants you more than anything you have. You are part of the greatest ministry on earth to evangelize the world and edify the church (Eph. 4:12). I may not know where you are placed or who you are, but I am thankful you are there and that we are here. I am thankful, and I appreciate all you who have also been placed in ministry to the Deaf world. We are likeminded because we have a mind like Christ for the Deaf world. I need you, you need me, and we both need the Lord. One can do much, but many can do much more.
TEAM = Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
As we synergize together in the deaf ministry, “The gates of hell shall not prevail against” us (Matt. 16:18). Together we “can do all things through Christ” (Phil. 4:13). The purpose of our existence is to faithfully use what we “hath” and let others do what we “hath not” (2 Cor. 8:12). So be who you is, cuz, if you ain’t who you is, then you is who you ain’t. If you are a duck instead of an eagle, be the best duck you can be, and be thankful for the eagle. We are many serving as one, and we are one serving with many.
So let’s touch our Bibles and yell, “One for All – All for One.”