We is only one letter longer than I, but it is not just double the force. It is many times stronger in so many ways. Of course each individual is precious in God’s sight, but it is easy to become self-centered and prideful if one doesn’t see the bigger picture. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecc 4:12) As one moves from I to we, an even larger view can be seen.
I have been singing WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN for many years thinking mostly of my nuclear and church families. In heaven our concept of we will be expanded beyond belief. All the prophets, judges, kings, women and patriarchs mentioned in Hebrews 11 who “gained approval through their faith” (v39) will receive what was promised together with us (v 40). They were “searching intently and with the greatest of care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing…” (1 Pe 1:11) It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. We now know plainly the thing angels long to look into, by the gospel preached to us by the Holy Spirit (v 12).
How incredible that we are called a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people belonging to God (1 Pe 2:9). We have not suffered like those unselfish people of the Old Testament and yet are the recipients of God’s blessings because of their faithful service. We are linked to all other of God’s people from every era.
Paul goes into great detail explaining the function of the various parts of the physical body and comparing that to the spiritual body of Christ. Both bodies form a unit, suffering and working together. There are many parts but one body (1 Cor 12: 12-27). Although each individual is important and responsible for his/her own soul, we can fully accomplish God’s will by being we instead of just I. Then we will joyfully sing together, “When we all get to heaven.”