Sunday, 14 August 2016

Working in unity for God’s Kingdom

As a body of Christ we need each other because individually it is extremely difficult, often impossible to do what can be done by a group of people collectively.

Psalm 133:1 tells us; ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!’ and when we live and work together in unity that God commands a blessing; Psalm 133:3 ‘..For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore’. As a body of Christ we need each other because individually it is extremely difficult, often impossible to do what can be done by a group of people collectively. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 12:27 that all of us together are the body of Christ (the Church) and each one of us, who believe is a part of the body; ‘Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it’.

The body has however been known to misbehave and this inevitably leads to dis-harmony and dysfunction; the brain discounts the heart, the academics discounts the worshippers, the hands criticise the knees, the people of action criticise the people of prayer, the eyes refuse to partner with the feet, the visionary thinkers won’t work with steady labourers. However, understand this, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:21 ‘The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ and the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’. When our human bodies become sick we become weak and vulnerable, this is also the case for the body of Christ.  The scripture above shows us that in order to remain a strong and healthy body (Church) we must acknowledge that we are one body and every single part is significant and important for the body to be healthy. The mega church needs the smaller church and vice versa, the pastor’s need the missionaries and so on. Co-operation and unity is not just a good idea, it is a scriptural command.

Ephesians 4:3 tells us; ‘Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’. We have therefore not been called to complain or criticise one another, but to compliment, encourage, uplift and bless one another. In Matthew 18:19-20 Jesus says; ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven’. What an astounding promise that when two or more members of the body come together in agreement, Jesus notices, shows up, hears and answers our prayers. In all of my forty plus years of giving my heart to the Lord my prayer has always been ‘Lord bring Your Church into unity to glorify Your Name’. Not for our own agenda or for selfishness or tradition, but in everything let it be Jesus. Amen.

Ephesians 4:15-16 ‘Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work’. Speaking the truth in love will grow all things unto Him who is the head, Christ. In doing so the whole body will join and knit together according to the effective working by which every part does it’s share, resulting in growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Praise God for His People, Praise God for His Church, Praise God for Unity and Praise God for Jesus.

Author: Herbert Jean

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  1. A really important message that shows us how we should work together as a body of Christ and how each of us has an important part to play. The song at the end also confirms that we can all 'do something' as part of the body, as God has provided all of us with a unique set of skills and characteristics. Praise God. Thank you for this blessing.

  2. Amen and Amen again, awesome message for us all, what a wonderful thought the whole body of Christ all around the world working together to gather the harvest, every one in total unity with one goal in mind, "to bring ALL the Glory to our KING" . Thank you for taking the time to share the Blessing of this message and All the Glory to our God ALWAYS. God Bless, love sister Tina X

  3. Hallelujah lovely message God did not call us to be superstars? but to be servants? God has given many gifts and talents in the body of Christ for his glory to lift our saviour up and advance his kingdom ,The diversity is great .Our lord will give us new gifts and abilitys during our walk with him . Lets run the race together x

  4. Amen! We are all part of one body and so we all play a part. Working together is key - what a wonderful message and thank you Lord for blessing me with my Church family x