Reading about unity every week doesn’t make anyone an expert. The only way to truly understand how to have unity is by experiencing it.
We’ve all been there. You have a meeting of the minds with another person. You’re on the same page. They know exactly how you feel and they share those thoughts and emotions.
Throw in a few more people, and the perfect agreement topples like a house of cards.
The next four weeks we’re going to talk about how to have unity in our lives.
Unsurprisingly, unity begins with you.
A New Creation
“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature”
2 Corinthians 5:17
If you know Christ in a personal way, have accepted his gift of salvation, He has transformed you. No longer are you the lump of dirt subject to the whims of your flesh.
The Holy Spirit has taken up residence, sealed your soul until the day your eternal life is redeemed for a ticket to Heaven.
Part of this spiritual makeover is that you are reconciled to God. Remember, our sin separates us from a Holy God. Our acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice spans the gulf.
The Hebrew word translated “reconciled” in 2 Corinthians 5:18 literally means “to change mutually.” Christ changed the part of us that God found offensive.
A Divine Directive
Because of this change, a new creation yearns for a higher calling. And God doesn’t disappoint.
After Christ reconciles us to God, he “hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18c).
If we are seeking to bring others into agreement with God, we’re seeking unity. If everyone agrees with God, there is unity.
Our mission is to reach out to everyone with the love of Christ. Why? Because we want them to experience the peace with God we have. In Christ, true freedom is finally found.
The first step in finding unity is to accept your mission.
Is the desire of your heart to see every person enjoying a relationship with God through Christ?
Part Two next week