Unity Unites // Monday, August 4
Posted: Monday, August 4
2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23
1 Corinthians 1:1-17
Verse of the day:
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
Psalm 133:1 declares, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” The young, immature church at Corinth was anything but unified. Paul wrote his first letter to the church at Corinth in response to a disheartening report he received about them. The Corinthians had sadly plunged into discord and disunity. They were divided over important issues like how to handle immorality, marriage, women in their church, and more. They even fought over petty things like which minister baptized them, law suits to settle disputes between each other, and which spiritual gift was “the best.” The bottom line is they were fractured and they were choosing sides. They were missing a key component for every healthy church: unity.
Now, unity is not dressing the same, or sounding the same, or even sharing the same opinions. Instead, Paul paints a picture of unity with one Greek word in 1 Corinthians 1:10 which we translate into “harmony.” Literally, we may translate this word as “one collective unified noise.” The King James Version translates this process as “be(ing) perfected together.” This same Greek word is used in three other ways: 1) to explain the process of a torn fishing net being repaired, 2) to explain the work of a surgeon that fixes a dislocated joint, and 3) to explain the harmonizing of rogue instruments in an orchestra. All of these illustrations clearly reveal the process of how we are to come together in unity, under good leadership, within the church so that we can 1) in the case of the net: effectively catch men, 2) in the case of the joint: have full mobility and functionality, and 3) in the case of the orchestra: make one, beautiful sound.
Strive for unity today with your church family. Encourage someone with a text or phone call. Post a compliment about a brother in Christ. Plug into that ministry you’ve been putting off for awhile. Unity; it is good and pleasant and it’s the only way the church is to operate.
Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education & Missions Pastor