by Toni Birdsong
We will never get there one at a time.
Who? The Church.
Jesus desired unity among believers. He knew the message of salvation would suffer if the world did not witness unity (the abnormal, radical, you-gotta-be-kidding-me kind) among believers. He knew that unity in the body produced love and that love would change the game—eternally.
So Jesus prayed. He asked God to gift His followers—you and me—with a heavenly, supernatural unity; the kind reserved for Father (God) and son (Jesus). Then Jesus skipped the unity pep rally altogether. He knew man couldn’t achieve such heights of human connectedness. Unity had to come through a move of the Holy Spirit. And it did, in the book of Acts.
How do we encourage unity?
- Pray your guts out for oneness—and for one another.
- Replace “I, my, and mine” with “Us, we, and ours.”
- Work, eat, and pray together often.
- Rejoice in diversity.
- Be humble and gentle.
- Extend crazy grace.
- Build one another up.
- Be patient, bearing with one another in love.
- Get fixed on God’s glory. Refuse to major in the minors.
- Have fun!
Do you believe Jesus’ idea of unity is possible in the church today? If so, what will it require of us?
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