Today’s Devotional: Unity and Agreement

While it’s not always easy to get a group of people to agree on something, it usually can be done. After all, agreements are mutually beneficial. You might not get everything you want, but you’ll probably get a lot closer than you would have on your own.

Unity, however, is an entirely different beast. I might have found an amicable agreement with you, but it doesn’t mean we’re unified. Merriam-Webster defines unity as “the quality or state of not being multiple : oneness.” To be unified we would have to agree on more than just one or two issues. No, for us to be truly unified our vision for everything would have to be aligned.

This morning Jon Brown of Word of Life discusses how Christ’s mission was to bring unity to humanity. Christian unity can only be had when we decide to put others before ourselves:

Unity is more than agreement. Agreement is nice. It makes life much easier when people agree on things like the style of worship, or the Sunday school curriculum, or what to look for in the next pastor. But Christian unity is more than just reaching agreement. It comes only when we are willing to put others before ourselves. In this we follow Jesus’ example. He prayed for it, died for it, and rose from the dead to accomplish it. He will come again to usher in full unity. Until that great day, we affirm in the words of the Belhar Confession that God’s heart for unity “must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways.” We must work toward the unity we know is coming.

Have you ever experienced unity with a group of people? What was it like? How does your church work towards unity?

2 Responses to “Today’s Devotional: Unity and Agreement”

  • David says:

    The oneness in the Bible is truly what we are lacking today. Our oneness in Christ does not mean voluntarily being the same in any outward manner, including manner of worship, practices and non-essential teachings, among other things. For Christ on the cross abolished the commandments in ordinances, so that he might create in Himself one new man of the two (Jews and Gentiles), so making peace.

    Rather, for us to be one, we first need to submit to our Head, and then we can be of the same mind, having the mind of Christ. Then the Lord Himself will minister through us, and it will be one ministering, the Lord’s, and our speaking will be one speaking, for it will be One who speaks.

    Moreover there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of ministries but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities but the same God works all in all. But if we are one, any unbeliever who enters into our midst will be convicted by all, he will be judged by all; the secrets of his heart are manifested, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God, declaring that God is indeed among us!

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