How Pleasant To Be In Unity
When I first came to Huntington, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Encounter 2010 meetings which were held at Kriegbaum Field. Approximately 15 to 20 Churches gathered together as they took their first step in developing a stronger bond between members of the Church community in Huntington County. It was exhilarating to see brothers and sisters from different denominations holding hands around the football field as we worshipped our Lord together without pretense or one group’s agenda getting in the way. The excitement was overwhelming as we prayed for each other and for God’s work to be done in this city/county; starting with us.
The Lord is pleased when we come together as one whether His Spirit is unifying believers in Huntington County or simply those at any individual Church. Pastor’s long to see their Church unified just as Christ longs to see the same in His body. In 1 Corinthians, the 12th chapter, the Apostle Paul lays out the case for unity among Christians much like a lawyer might do before a judge and jury. Paul speaks about the special gifts and administrations given to different members, the need for unity of each member for the edifying of the Church and that there is only one source whereby these gifts and administrations are supplied (the Holy Spirit). He then lays out in detail the fact that each member is gifted from God for His use, that every gift is just as important as another and that every gift is necessary for the operation of the Body. The Lord has apportioned to each member as He will for the edifying of the body of Christ; yes, that includes you and me!
Now, of course, we must never compromise the foundations of our faith to reach some pseudo-unification that is void of any Spiritual depth. There are certainly standards of the Gospel that are not negotiable. However, far too often we allow personal preferences to disrupt the mission that Christ has set before his people. We might be more productive as Christ’s body if we adopted a famous slogan which states, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” Psalm 133:1 says that it is absolutely wonderful when brethren dwell together in unity. To the Lord, it is like precious ointment that dowsed Aaron from head to toe (a good thing, not like spilling oil on your new shoes). The third verse of that chapter informs us that when we have such unity, that it is here that God commands His blessing upon us, even life for evermore. Here are two questions we should ask ourselves: What can we do to share your gifts with the body of Christ and in what ways can we join with others in Christian unity within our own congregation as well as the Church universal? As we continue to allow God to bring His people together as one, we will see our own individual ministries grow in spiritual vibrancy. Oh, how wonderful it is when we dwell together united as one!