Pastor Jason Johnson
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “unity”? The dictionary has quite a few definitions for the word “unity”: “the state of being one; oneness”; “a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one”; “the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification”. Maybe when you hear the word “unity”, you think of synonyms like accord, consensus, peace or harmony.
Considering you’ve just thoroughly read the definition and synonyms above, take a few prayerful minutes and envision what “Church and/or Christian Unity” looks like. What does it sound like? Paul has a wonderful way that he describes unity within the Church. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 he explains it like this,
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So, it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles,[e] some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.[f] 14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? 18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
Over the past month I have seen how our church needs to pull together in unity. As we have united in our efforts to share the Gospel with our community I have seen the devil work very hard to drive a wedge between us. The harder we strived to work together to reach our community the more division and chaos came up amongst our fellow members. God is calling us to unity. It says in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” I urge each one of us to seek unity. We all have a choice to choose to be at peace with each other, but sometimes we have to make a conscious decision to do so. But as David, a man after God’s own heart once said in Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Let’s unite with Christ today and see all the wonderful things He has in store for us here in Charleston. “For we can to all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13).