Community – Unity

“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

In the beginning God created everything to be in harmony and unity with each other: man, woman, animals, plants, and Himself. God and Adam spent time together every day and all things were good. Then Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin entered the world, and now humanity had to deal with Good and Evil. Evil is overcome when God enters into the picture and is in unity with humanity once again through a covenant with Jesus Christ. We see the Biblical principle that there is great power available to do anything when men and women are in unity and even more so if they are in unity with God.

So what destroys unity? Selfishness. Plain and simple. It is impossible to establish unity when someone is looking out for their own interest. Selfishness is a major reason that many Christians and many church’s never experience all that God has for them. The power to live a powerful Christian life and impact the world comes from unity. Divorce and broken relationships happen when we focus on ourselves rather than how we can strengthen our relationships. Paul reminds us in the book of Philippians unity comes from regarding others more important than ourselves. When we have affection and compassion for others God’s fullness comes into our lives. None of us think of ourselves as selfish, but when we look at God’s Word we discover we are. The Apostle Paul also reminds us we need to ask the Spirit to reveal our selfish desires. It is through the Spirit we understand how to experience true unity with God and others.

May the God who loves all remind us to focus on other people’s needs more. May the power of the Holy Spirit help change our priorities today to align with God’s will for unity.  

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn