Why is unity in the church so important?
I took a tour of an assembly line of a Toyota factory in George Town, Kentucky one time. It was incredible, massive, tech savvy, clean, bright and flowing. There’s literally a manufacturing method called the “Toyota Way” and its extremely efficient and profitable…… What on earth am I talking about Camrys for? The reason is Toyota has a clear purpose…. To build cars and make money…. That’s it. We as Christians have a much larger and more important purpose, to build up disciples and expand God’s kingdom for His Glory! Have you considered this to be your purpose as a church member?
A Unified Purpose
As the church has grown terribly seeker sensitive we have created a culture of takers and not givers. People coming only to receive and not even considering what possible investment into their local church body they could offer. This doesn’t even apply alone to volunteer sign up sheets, you can be an incredible inviter of people to your church and never been solicited to do so? Ephesians 4:11-13 states (So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.)
The purpose of the scheduled church visit should be to become more so equipped and excited to share the Gospel with those we engage in our daily lives.
Hiccups and Less than Cooperation
Just the same as any other large scale operation things can and will go wrong. Yet again we have a far better edge than the secular world, we are called to love our co-workers of the faith. Colossians 3:13-14 (Bear with each other and forgives one another if any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.) See! When someone falls short, lacks motivation, grumbles or whines….. I am commanded to forgive and love. To be burdened for them since they have lost vigor for the Lord’s work in whatever area they have been called and to encourage them. I have received this love from others in difficult seasons and would be foolish to think it would be my last. Man is sinful, God is righteous. We will screw up and projects will go unfinished. That’s not the end of the world by any means, and God is in control of the world and everything in it.
Be at Peace
As we serve we should have peace and contentment. I have literally felt contentment and joy for God’s Kingdom as I have mopped a church’s bathroom floors (I’m not the best mopper by any means!) and had that quiet time alone with the Lord. Knowing He has specific purpose for every single task he has called us to perform. The wisdom from above James describes in James 3 is full of good fruits and in verse 18 ( Harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.) When you are working with purpose and have a mindset that God is in control and this satisfies you, you should have a marked air of peace upon you. Your speech shouldn’t be tense, gruff or anxious about what can or cannot go according to plan. If you invite someone and they decline, that is okay! Only person to show up for your Children’s Church slot? Do the best you can and improvise. Don’t just hope for peace when things aren’t perfect, embrace His promise that God is sovereign and can see any situation through as He so desires.
A Formidable Force
Once a church body is unified and functioning with purpose to see God’s Kingdom grow through education, missions, benevolence and purposeful worship….. watch out community! The Gospel centered church is effective and infectious. People come to know the Lord in a rich way and fall into the production line of more disciples, workers and fellow brothers and sisters in the great body of Christ called the Church. This exact thing has been occurring for centuries all around the world and applies to us today. God knows your deepest need for satisfaction and if you have the faith to trust Him and to serve Him you will not be let down. What is he calling you to do in your church right now?