The Power of Unity

Posted in Attitude, Perspective, Unity, Worship by PCraig on June 15, 2017

Have you ever seen a car stalled and someone gets out to start pushing? The car is barely creeping, but then one or maybe two others run over from their cars and start pushing and the person steering has to eventually push on the brake to avoid hitting something. What happened? It’s a great picture of the power of unity. One person could only accomplish so much, but efforts were multiplied when others joined.

The Bible is filled with encouragement along those lines, such as in today’s reading of Psalms 133 of the One Year Bible. Why such a push for this coming together?  I think God knows our tendency of focusing way too much on ourselves. We think about ourselves all the time and so little on others.  All that changes when we come together though, especially in worship.

In worship, I begin to focus on God first of all. At least that’s what true worship does. I come before Him offering my life, my lips and my legacy (or future). When I do that, it becomes all about Him. What He wants me to do, how He wants me to act, where He wants me to go, instead of my thoughts, ways and agenda.

Also, when I get around God’s people and get busy serving, I don’t have as much time to think about my needs, wants and desires. In other words, I’m not near the selfish person that I woke up being this morning. Instead, I make my life about helping others, serving their needs, and ministering to their concerns.

True worship brings us to a place of unity where our desires are placed under His and others. The result is that the world sees that submission and the power of God flowing through it, and wants more of it. That’s just one of the reasons to be in the atmosphere of worship as often as possible; it brings us together.

 

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What Would Happen?

There are a few things that jump out at me when I am reading the book of Acts.  One is the frequency of prayer that is mentioned and another is commitment everyone had to the fellowship of believers.

Just like I’ve preached the past three weeks, prayer is communication with God and you just can’t replace that with anything else.  If you weren’t able to be with us for that series, it was called Sync-Up and is available on the podcast (www.crossroadsavon.com).

To think of replacing prayer, would be like substituting sports events for communication in your home.  Sure, going to activities can be fun, but after a while your soul craves connection and will look for it in other places.

It excites me to read of the total commitment that each of the people in the early church seemed to exemplify.  Scripture tells us they were “devoted”, were “all together”, met “every day” in the temple, and fellowshipped in their homes.  As a result of this kind of devotion, people were saved daily and added to their number.

What if we showed that kind of passion for the Lord’s Church by praying consistently and committing wholeheartedly to its purpose?  Maybe we wouldn’t have to worry about passing laws to keep people from doing wrong, perhaps people would be changed.  Let’s try it!

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Posted in Christian Lifestyle, Unity by PCraig on September 22, 2011

We’ve been talking about the importance of unity in our recent meetings with Trustees and Elders.  I don’t believe there is any topic more important to discuss than the power of unity.

In the Bible, we see the power of unity in the story of the tower of Babel and how the people came together to build.  God said of the people, “nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them” (Gen 11)  In other words, people can accomplish things thought to be impossible when they come together in unity.

Jesus said, “if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Mt. 18:19).  The Bible is clear to point out the power of agreement.

I suppose this is why the devil fights unity so much.  He knows if he can get people sideways on issues that don’t really matter, then they won’t be able to work together on issues that do matter.

You see this with Christians all the time that get upset with each other because they don’t agree on everything.  Well, guess what?  Your never going to find a church that you agree with on everything!  If you wait to get married to someone that you agree with on everything, you’ll never be married.  Marriage is all about relationship and two people in love overlooking differences for the greater good of unity.

Isn’t it a shame people can’t get that message in the church world?  Who knows, more people might actually want to become Christians!  Isn’t that the bigger goal instead of who thinks they’re right?

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