Day 40 - Unity
WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR THE CHURCH?
Colossians 3:11-12; Ephesians 4:3; Psalm 133:1-3
God designed the Church to be unified in its diversity. Sometimes it is hard to see that because we look with natural eyes. We must see the Church as God sees it.
Colossians 3:11-12 says, “Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe, custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it…the old fashions are obsolete..from now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ” (The Message).
The scriptures are the lens through which we are able to see as God sees. Does this mean we become color blind, unilingual, genderless ageless, etc? No, of course not! But, it does mean we are now defined by Christ first. If we stay with the “wardrobe” theme, this new life of love, we should wear the new outfits of compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength and discipline. We should be quick as well as eager to forgive just as Christ has forgiven us.
When we are led by the Holy Spirit we have peace with one another. Ephesians 4:3 tells us to “make every attempt to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (NIV). Psalm 133:1-3 further says it is pleasant for God’s people to live together in unity because the Lord bestows blessings on those who do. One of the greatest blessings of unity is harmony with one another. Musically, harmony is the result of several voices singing the same song but different notes that sound pleasing to the ear.
What a witness it will be for the broad Northwest community when we as followers of Jesus are seen worshipping and working together resulting in the birth of future believers who are drawn together in harmony, peace and unity.
As you take a look at your own body of believers through the lens of scripture, what do you perceive as barriers that could hinder unity?
What role will you play in spanning the “peace and harmony” gaps?
What’s God’s heart for unity in Seattle, in the Northwest? How does God desire us to show we are a unified Church?
Allen A. Belton Seattle, WA.
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