Unity: The Body of Christ
In Acts chapter two I have been forever impacted by the words, “the disciples had everything in common.” This is especially true in our hyper-fractured society. Every opinion is shouted without listening, and our president leads one 140 character tweet at a time through the Internet. How do we gain unity in a culture and society so divided?
The source of division is the individual. When we want it “our way,” even when our way is the right way, we create division rather than unity. We can’t point to other people as the problem because, as the saying goes, when you point your finger there are three pointing back at you. (Try it with your hand right now if you don’t know what I am talking about.)
Unity comes from one place, when everyone focuses on a common point instead of their own opinion. Unity means sacrifice. The disciples were only able to have unity and everything in common because they were willing to sacrifice their individual preferences. For us as disciples today this means giving up the things that make us comfortable and exposing ourselves to things that make us uncomfortable.
If we remain comfortable, it most likely means we are not accomplishing what God is calling us to do. God is calling His Church, the followers of Jesus, to be light in the darkness, to be salt to the earth, to be holy amongst the unholy. By the grace of God we can get better at being with unbelievers, but we will never be as comfortable amongst the unholy as we are sitting in the bubble with other believers.
When we are challenged to do something that makes us uncomfortable, the reaction of our flesh is to lash out and demand that things don’t change. The desire of God is for the believers to work together in unity to proclaim hope to the lost. How do we transform from lashing out to working together? By focusing on the one goal that matters: Head of the Body, Jesus Christ. Jesus routinely reminds us that the things of this world are meaningless when compared to the things God has in store for us. The difficult part is trusting Him!
As we move forward in the Living ’n Active series, you will be uncomfortable, you will be challenged, and God will call you to go when you have never been. Give it a try. Look to Him and see how He desires you, and each of us, to be a part of transforming both this world and the world to come. But the transformation starts with us, when we sacrifice our desires for His perfect will. Only then can miraculous things happen and we achieve unity.