2020 has been a rough year. All of us have been affected by the chaos that the Coronavirus has caused. The stay-at-home orders, political posturing, violence and riots in the streets and mask mandates have ripped our country apart.
We are a divided people.
We are divided over whether masks work and if we should wear them.
We are divided over which news network is giving us the correct information.
We are divided over stay-at-home orders and how far the government can go with their reach.
We are divided over Trump vs. Biden.
We are divided over whether the cops are good or bad.
We are divided over peaceful protests vs. riots.
We are divided over our American heritage and race issues.
We are divided over whether wearing a mask is showing love to our neighbor or whether it’s a conspiracy to gain control over the masses and it goes on…and on…and on.
Less than one week before Jesus went to the cross, Jesus said a prayer for the church. Do you know what he prayed for? This is Jesus’ prayer below:
20 “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be ONE, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us SO THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me,that they may be ONE as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to COMPLETE UNITY. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Jesus prayed that believers would have complete unity.
So that the world would believe in Him!
This means that our unity MUST be visible to the world.
How do you think the church is doing right now?
Jesus wants us to love each other so much and be so unified that when the world sees us and how we stick together – they will want what we have. They will want to know what makes us different and want to know God.
Are we doing that?
Did you know that 150,000 people die a day – around the world – of all kinds of causes? That’s a lot of people meeting their maker – TODAY! Have you told them about Jesus? Or are you busy debating one of the issues above? Because I can assure you, when we get to heaven – God is going to be more pleased with our unity and how brave we were sharing the gospel, than any influence we had on people politically or socially.
I am not saying we can’t be educated, have an opinion and lovingly share it – but I am saying, if you really want to love those around you – point them to Jesus. Because wearing a mask might save someone physically from death – but if you want to see someone saved from spiritual death – you will have to love them enough to both share and live out the gospel.
The way you live your life, says something profound about the God you serve. When you choose to say no to things that are wrong, say yes to things that are right, love the unlovable – including those who look different from you and even your enemies, forgive those who have wronged you, embrace faith over fear, and embrace unity rather than division – you are different!
We are stronger together.
This is a call for unity in the church.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 133:1,
How good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
Every time we obey one of God’s commands, there is a joy benefit. Psalm 133 says it is both good and pleasant when we are unified. Wouldn’t 2020 be sweeter if we the church was really working hard to love one another above all else and unified as a result.
We need these difficult times to bring us together – not pull us apart.
We need each other.
We are stronger together.
Stand up church and be strong.
Hebrews 10:25 says:
“Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.”
Psalm 133:1 says:
How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
The word dwell means to physically be together. It is good and pleasant to be together in unity.
Our unity is being tested.
And by the looks of social media and the empty pews right now – I’d say we have some work to do.
Rise up church!
“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)
Don’t take the bait of Satan. He will keep you from attending your local church and connecting with other believers if he can. He will tempt you to argue and fight. He will tempt you to judge others with different political views. He will drive a wedge between you and your friends or loved ones if he can.
Fight back with love.
Jesus is love.
It takes two to have unity and peaceful relationships. So I challenge you today…go first. Pursue peace and pursue unity. There is always a blessing for those who obey God’s word. And never forget – we are stronger together.
Special Note: I removed two paragraphs from this post that were divisive. I am not looking to be divisive especially in a post that has a call for unity in it 😉 . Love you all.
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