When 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 Equals 1
Verse 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
We started talking yesterday about how we are to be confirming the Gospel by growing spiritually, both individually and as a Church. We said that one of the ways we do this is by making sure that Jesus is Lord of our lives. It is one thing to say that He is Lord and another thing to show it in our lives. Let’s look at some ways that we can show He is Lord of our life.
One would think that a church would be the place to find the most unity. In fact, Jesus prayed for this very thing for us (John 17:21). His reason for praying this for us was that through our unity the world would believe that God sent Him. Did you notice the word believe? Not that they would know God sent Him, but that they would believe that God sent Him.
Knowing and believing are no more the same thing than knowing and living. It is through living our belief that others can believe who He is and come to know Him. It is through living in unity that we can help the world believe that Jesus is God.
Unity is not something that the world is known for. That is because they don’t follow the God who is unified. We serve a Triune God – God, the Father (God Almighty); God, the Son (our redeemer/Savior); and God, the Spirit (our comforter and source of guidance). The unity of the Godhead is to be an example to us. But working for unity is not easy. We are mere humans after all. But just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t intentionally work on it.
So how are we to gain this kind of unity? First we need to want it. This may actually be the hardest step of the process because this takes giving up our own desires for the good of the Church and God’s Kingdom. It takes being so surrendered to Him and His will that we lay aside our wants when it is causing a fraction in the body of believers. If we are to have unity with our fellow believers we must first come to unity with God about His desires.
Making It Personal
How important is unity in the church to you? Are you looking to improve the unity? Are God’s desires for the Church more important to you than your wants for the church?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think unity means? How can you help make unity? Does Jesus have a certain kind of unity that He wants?
Father, thank You for calling us to unity. Help us learn what it truly means to be unified so that we can be the light You have called us to be in the world. In Jesus’ name, amen.