Today my church got to sow into Haitians Helping Haitians, a ministry led by a dear friend from my previous church. This was our second time supporting HHH, and she was so blessed. Her response back gave me pause to ponder. Part of what she said was, “Your church understands what it means to be the church.”
The fact is that too often in the body of Christ, we focus on our differences rather than our areas of commonality. Father reminded me of this today when He took me to 1 Corinthians 3 and Paul is talking about how the church is bickering over who they are “of” just like today we might bicker over the same thing – “I’m Baptist” or “I’m Pentecostal” or “I’m Hebrew Roots” – always looking at the division rather than unity.
But in 1 Corinthians 3:9 (ESV) we are exhorted:
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
We have a common goal – salvation – to show His love and bring others to Him. Would we like to also agree on baptisms, the gift of the Holy Spirit, observance of the Sabbath, etc. – of course! But we still have a common goal and can focus on that to walk in unity as we demonstrate His love in our love for one another as He commanded (John 13:35).
I chuckled to myself as I turned on my daily bible reading (I love the YouVersion app on my phone, it’s great for listening to the word), I chuckled to myself because it was Psalm 133, which begins with:
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
Amen! So it is. I encourage each of us today to see how we can love one another regardless of differences. How we can rally around our common goal and bring glory to our Maker!
Father, help us to see with Your eyes and love with Your heart. Help us to align our goals to Your will. May we truly be known by our love that we might demonstrate to a lost and dying world Your heart.