The closer I get to God, the more my heart becomes like His. For awhile now, I’ve been working out the whole “unity in the body of Christ” thing. I understand the need for and the importance of unity within the body of Christ, and I understand that the church as we know it today is full of so many different thoughts it can make your head spin. Just as I have been finding out with doing searches from my blog roll on Church unity. But the fact that it’s been really troubling me lately on a deep level has got me thinking how much it must be troubling God to see us constantly arguing about our differences. In His sovereignty, He sees it all and knows it all. And as His children, we are to trust Him in Everything. So as I have re-written this blog post over and over a few times, I have come to realize that we can read every book on the subject, argue about our differences, we can get angry b/c the church isn’t meeting our needs, or that perhaps we feel misunderstood and disconnected, but really, is that what it’s all about? All we’re really doing is making our divisions bigger. No, Jesus died so that we could live in His peace and learn to walk in His ways. Jesus gave us His love so we could give it back to the hopeless world that we live in. We are NOT victoms But VICTORS! We’ve Overcome through Jesus’ Victory of the cross!! Does the topic of unity or lack of their of, in our churches at time and as a body frustrate me to no end? You bet it does; because I know it must frustrate and hurt God to see His children arguing about our differences and not doing the work that we were called to do. God keeps reminding me that it’s not my battle to fight, it’s His. If this sound familiar out of me, it’s just because it is a huge passion that I have to keep surrendering over to God. It’s a huge prayer that I find myself constantly praying for. Why? I think it started long ago, as a kid trying to find my way to the heart of God. Perhaps one day, God will use me to become part of the solution to this never-ending issue that we seem to constantly face, but for now, it get’s laid down at the cross AGAIN, where it belongs, and I stand up, walk away, trusting God, and start loving the person sitting next to me in church. So below is a great blog post that I found and helped me to look at things in a positive light, the way I think Jesus would like us to look at it. The other links below I have quickly glanced at and plan on posting on as I feel led. May we all put our differences aside and unite because Jesus commands us to in His Word.
Thank you Jesus for once again pointing these things out to me!
Last night @ EMG our Prayer was GOD MAKE US UNIFIED. A number of parents joined us! It was a great time together.
Here’s what we talked about.
How can we see this happen?
1) Unity requires EFFORT (vs 3-6)
3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called to one hope when you were called 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:3-6
Are you making an effort to be unified with the people around you?
Do you understand that you need to play your part to have a unified family?
2) Unity requires SERVICE (vs 12-13)
11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12-13
Do you understand your role in the body of Christ (the church)?
Do you understand your role within your family?
3) Unity requires LOVE (vs 15-16)
15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:15-16
Are you loving the people around you?
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Let’s walk in unity! Understanding that UNITY requires effort on our part, serving who God calls us, and loving the world in which we live!
Links off my Blog Roll for “Church Unity” (and no, I have not read them all yet)