Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Taylor Sexton

The Blessing of Unity

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Have you ever seen a group of people or animals work together in perfect unity? My wife Kara and I are the proud owners of two very fun and very hairy Siberian Huskies. If you don’t know, the different types of husky breeds have been used to pull sleds full of supplies and people from village to village in places like Alaska. I am not sure if you have seen a movie or even experienced dog sledding first hand, but one of the first things you notice when you watch a sled dog team is the perfect unity in which they run. Even more interesting to me though is the independence and wildness of Siberian Huskies when they are not bound together in their harnesses. I know from first hand experience that huskies are crazy! However, when they are doing what they were born and trained to do they are disciplined, focused, and able to work in unity with other independent and wild huskies and accomplish truly miraculous things like delivering much needed medicine to villages miles a part in a blizzard! 

One of the greatest blessings God has given us is the ability to be unified as a body of believers. In a time in our country and world where it feels more divided than ever, I find comfort and hope in the unity that believers around the world have in Christ. In Psalm 133 verse 1 David writes, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in Unity!” 

Unity is not always easy to come by though. Each of us is an independent person and has different beliefs on certain topics. The biggest hurdles to finding unity amidst our diversity are selfishness and pride. As believers we must continually humble ourselves before God and before one another so that we may enjoy the blessing of unity that God has gifted us. 

In Ephesians 4 Paul writes, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” As we continue to navigate this new season where everything seems different and division seems to be everywhere may we hold onto Paul’s words to ‘make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit’ so that we can continue to work together to accomplish God’s great Kingdom work in our community and our world.


Questions for reflection:

~ Can you think of a time when you were able to work in complete unity with a group of people? 

~ What might God be asking you to lay down so that a group you are a part of can be more unified? 

~ What things do you envision a unified body of Christ being able to accomplish for God’s Kingdom on earth?