Why Is Unity So Hard!
1 Corinthians 3:3-7
Message No. 0526 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
One of the most powerful words that is known to man is unity. Never mind that the dictionary defines the word as ‘the state of being united,’ which is like using the same word to define itself, it also defines it as ‘the state of being joined as a whole.’ In fact, mathematics uses unity as a synonym for the number one (1), that is, joined, together, whole, unbreakable. Of course, Jesus knew what He was saying when He reiterated Genesis 2:24 in His answer to the Pharisees’ question on divorce. In Mark chapter 10 verses 8 and 9, Jesus told the Pharisees:
And the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
What Jesus was really attesting to in this passage was the power of unity: the unbreakableness (permit my unpublished word) of joining two people together in love and in God’s Spirit.
Unity is the place where things get done. It is the position where working together brings results. This was the place where the world was in Genesis 11. In verse 1, the Bible says:
Now the whole earth had one language and one speech
Just pause a minute and let this sink: one language, one speech. This means that no one disagreed with team objectives, no one quarreled with the goals set by leaders. They spoke as one. If they wanted to plow and plant crops, they did. If they wanted to harvest, they did. If they wanted to build, they did. No wonder that, in verse 6, the Lord looked at these people ‘admirably’ and said:
“Indeed, the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”
The fact that God spoke like this means that even He respects unity and will not fight it except in situations of unity for evil (Proverbs 11:21). Imagine how happy God will be if Christian homes live in unity. Imagine how peaceful and healthy those homes will be. Imagine what Christians can do if we all work in unity. There’ll be no denomination fighting denomination and there’ll be no brother disagreeing with brother on matters of the Kingdom. Sadly, today, we are so divided that we can’t even agree on God’s written Words! Some baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and others say no, we should only baptize in the name of Jesus. Some say that we should bring our tithes to the house of God and others say no, it is no longer necessary to pay tithes. If we cannot agree on the Logos, how shall we agree on the Rhema?
One of the most powerful weapons of the devil against our homes, our churches and our societies, is disunity. Just pause again and think of what God said in Genesis 11:6 – for those who are united, “nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” Look at the opposite of that statement: for those who are disunited, ‘nothing that they propose to do will be granted to them.’ Isn’t this the state of many homes and many societies today?
If there’s such a blissful place called unity, why is it so hard to get there? In most cases, the answer is, because of our egos and selfishness, our competitive spirits and lack of preparedness to let another person win, our lack of love for one another, our arrogance and strong headedness, our inability to see the collective evil that we are doing to ourselves. The enemy does not want us to prosper. If he cannot get us to sink, he does not want us to soar either. If he can get us to remain where we are, without making progress, he would have succeeded, in part. If we allow him, he will continue to fan the flames of disunity, even with oneself (meaning you cannot even agree with yourself), until we become frustrated, disappointed and depressed, then he can move to stage two to sow other ideas into our minds.
Disunity can bring down people, homes, nations and societies. The Bible says that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25). Even if we have ‘United’ as our middle name and we cannot agree to prove that, we will get nothing done and the rest of the world will move past us. As God’s children, we don’t have to cooperate with the devil. We can stand on the Word of God and pray everyday against disunity. Pray that you will agree with yourself, with your family, with colleagues, with others, to bring out the good in us and achieve results. Pray that the Holy Spirit will remind you constantly that there is power in unity. Pray that God will touch other people that you deal with daily, to have the spirit of unity in them. As you go out this week, I pray that nothing good that you have purposed to do will be withheld from you, in Jesus name. Amen.
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