GodReflection: Power Words
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; – Psalms 95:6
I am a child of my church culture.
An erroneous conclusion took root in my soul somewhere along my path.
It’s a sin that didn’t live inside of me at birth.
It is a sin I had to learn. I learn it from fellow believers.
I learned disunity.
My guess is that I learned to practice disunity from those who claimed to make proclamations from the Word of God.
Somewhere along the way—marching under the banner of truth—mistakenly I learned that unity in Jesus is no big deal.
However, I learn from some that there are churches with the same name as my church but are off limits when it comes to unity.
Where did I ever get such an idea?
From the Acts of the Apostles through the Revelation of Jesus to the Apostle John—I read sketchy accounts of the churches from the first century. They are nothing less than true stories of sin-tarnished humans attempting to live by the power of Jesus Holy Spirit.
Their struggle was to unite with the Holiness of God.
I live with the very same struggle.
The closer I grow in unity with the holiness of God the greater my own sinful nature come into focus.
Here is what I think.
Unity among believers can only result from unity with Jesus.
As a sin-tarnished fellow human being, shouldn’t blood running down the trunk of a cross possess sufficient power to unite me to every human—past, present, and future—who depends on the same sustenance?
To grow in my unity with Jesus must become the very core of my walk. It is only through unity with him that I can unite with other motley humans—like me—as together we submit our lives to the Son of God.
The closer I become to the image of Jesus, the easier it will be to recognize the same image in fellow believers. In this process, we find common soil and begin to have solid ground upon which to unite.
The Apostle Paul shows members of the church at Ephesus how to practice unity:
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. . . .
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
It sounds as if my life’s task is to grow into the likeness of Jesus so that I can unite with all who are members of his body to one day experience what it means to enjoy the whole measure of fullness of Christ.
When I begin to see worship as a 24/7 state of being, I begin to see unity as a gift of worship I can present to my Creator.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on unity as power word to guide my walk.