on unity

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by Pastor Mark Jordan

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10, NIV)

We are going to take a look at unity for the remainder of this week as we kick off our SUMMER UNITED emphasis at church at the well. Unity is a key concept in Scripture, as it calls us to live together in connection with God and others. There is something important to state about unity that cannot be overlooked — unity is neutral. It isn’t necessarily good or bad in and of itself.

Think about it this way. People can unite around good things or bad things. I’m sure you’ve experienced both. I know in my life, I’ve experienced the blessedness of unity that comes when people work together for a common cause. There is an excitement that energizes and inspires. Time flies by. People are happy. It’s awesome!

Have you ever found yourself ganged up on, though? Have you ever been the target of bullies, or ridiculed for going against the crowd? That isn’t so fun, is it? But there’s unity, isn’t there?

You can see that unity is neutral, and can be used for good or bad. As you look at today’s verse from 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul is calling for unity, but a divine unity. Why? There was unity already in the church, but it was causing divisions. The people were divided over leadership, and it was straining the seams of the church. Paul’s advice was to look beyond the little things that divide, and get back to the one thing that unites: Jesus!

That is key for us today. There are so many things that divide, and we absolutely must focus on what unites. So as we look this week at unity, let’s begin by focusing on what unites us in Jesus, and let everything else grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of unity. Forgive me for the times I neglect the one thing to focus on the many little things that can divide. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.