Unity: Be of one accord… (Snip snip)
God tells us in His word that we are one body, His church, His bride. One unit, fitly joined together. What for? For HIS pleasure, for HIS work, to do what He commissioned us to do.
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly fitly joined in the same mind and in the same judgment.
What happens when we find fault with each other? When we gossip? When we tear each other apart? Is this unity? Is this what God had in mind when He gave us so much.
I will be so bold as to say that this is NOT what Jesus had in mind. Finding fault with each other only causes strife and division. Gossip opens the door to belittle others or to find fault with them. Tearing each other down builds walls between us. We are instructed to LOVE one another. Where in the Bible do we see Jesus tearing down the body of Christ? We don’t. The reason for the name of this lesson “unity: be of one accord (or snip snip) is just that. Every time we gossip, tear down or cause division in the body we are doing just that. Snip snip snipping away at the unity of the body of Christ. Think of it like this. A paper doll and each person tears a piece off as they enter in the sanctuary. How much of that paper doll is left once everyone is in? I would venture to say not much.
How many would like to see a revival? How many are praying for revival? Not only of our church, our city, but our nation. How can we achieve this? Through Christ. Only God can change a heart, only God can put the desire to know Him in a person. But what can we do?
He tells us that we are one body… it doesn’t have to do with religion.
Jesus said that the traditions and doctrines created by man cause the Word of God to have none effect.
One thing we can do is stand in unity. Remember how the 120 stayed in the upper room after Jesus rose on the cloud?
Do you imagine what they did for that time? I imagine they prayed as they had seen Jesus do so often. Prayed and prayed and prayed and waited. Scholars say from Passover to Pentecost was 50 days. Jesus was crucified on Passover, the third day he arose, There are 50 days between Passover and Pentecost. Jesus walked on the earth 40 days after His resurrection. 40 plus 3, so I would calculate they waited 7 days, praying and waiting. So one thing we can do is pray and be of one accord.
What does the word teach us about being in unity?
1 Cor 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Now if we are to be in unity, we must be aware of those things which can cause the opposite. How can Satan attack our unity?
One is by division…
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
Another is by gossip or slander:
What happens when we slander our brother or sister in Christ? Or speak malicious gossip? Carry tales? Complain about little things, tearing down each other….… do you remember each of you taking a piece of the paper doll? (hold it up) See how much of the body is left? We are all one body, and when we come against each other, then we self destruct… remember Jesus said a house divided against itself can not stand? (Even President Lincoln quoted this in one of his meetings about slavery and the civil war).
What does God say about slander?
Luke 6:45 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
And then there is this: Where do we stand in the body of Christ? Are we in unity? Or do we just try to portray the image of somebody in unity. In Matthew 23:28 Jesus said “So you outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
The only one who knows truly where we stand with God, in our own soul is God and ourselves. We must ask ourselves, and ask God, “Where do we fall short? Where do we need to change to be a unified member of YOUR body, Lord?”
Let’s all end our service with a prayer that we be of one mind, in unity, in Christ Jesus.