by Pastor Mark Jordan
“And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.” (Zechariah 14:9, NLT)
Yesterday we explored the question, unity or uniformity? Uniformity expects everyone to look, think, behave the same way, etc. Unity, however, provides space for everyone to be what makes them unique, but all moving together bound by a common thread and based on a common goal: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we read today’s passage from Zechariah, we find a prophecy about the day when there will be one Lord whose name alone will be worshipped.
It seems we worship a lot these days that isn’t the One Lord: money, power, prestige, popularity. Those things put the focus on us…what we have or don’t have…versus God who is the Provider, Good Counselor, Sovereign Lord, Prince of Peace, King of kings, Great Physician…you get the picture. The power of unity drives us, as different as we all are, to the common thread and common goal of God’s great love and Jesus’ Great Commission.
I want to close today with words written by the Apostle Paul. Today, just as when Paul wrote these words, we need the call to unity, even in the family of God: “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had….that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:1-5, 10-11, NLT)
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for who you are, but more importantly, who I am in you. I am sorry for the times I want you to bend to my will, and seek to get in line with you, and in unity with those you’ve given me to do life with. I pray to you in the name of Jesus with my knee bowed and tongue declaring how great you are in agreement, love, and solidarity with others. Amen.