Unity

Unity is a popular buzzword in our culture.  We all want unity.

I’ve seen unity – significant, unexpected unity where disagreement becomes agreement.  But I’ve only seen genuine unity when God is involved.  God unifies us when we are all seeking his will.  God tells us through Paul this morning, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4: 11 – 13

Unity of the faith – it’s the only true unity I’ve seen.  This is unity where nobody gave up or gave in or walked away frustrated or angry.  This unity starts within our minds and hearts as God touches us, guides us and unifies us.

I’ve seen this in church when there are many differing opinions but, as we all focused upward, we came to the same conclusion.

I’ve seen this in discussions with people who were very far away from each other in perspectives but, when everybody talked to God about it and listened, suggestions and ideas started to flow which changed the decision into something everyone could agree upon.

Unity.

The place I have seen the most supernatural unity happen is in my own marriage.  My husband and I are opposites in many ways but we both love God and have a personal, daily relationship with him.  We’ve been married almost 40 years and have had to make many life-changing decisions over those years.  We have often not agreed initially on which direction to take but, as we each listened to God, he brought us to the same perspective on our next step.  Sometimes this happened gradually and other times it was quick.

Our most recent big decision was whether or not to move to Denver after living in the Phoenix area for over 40 years.  I was surprised when God said ‘move’ to each of us individually overnight.

Its much easier to make significant decisions when God puts us on the same page.  It’s not about what we want – it’s all about what he wants.

Thank you, Father God, for providing unity in faith.