On the Day of Pentecost, there were 120 believers in the upper room – not just gathered together, but gathered together in unity. That day, God did something great in their midst. He fulfilled the great promise and blessing of His Spirit indwelling the believer to empower us as witnesses throughout all the earth.
Unity in the Church is as critical today as it was on the Day of Pentecost. Yet, contrary to popular belief, unity does not mean compromise. We don’t need to compromise our values and convictions for the sake of unity, but for God’s greater purpose, we join together in agreement on the unshakeable essentials.
While there will always be disagreement on the non-essentials of our faith, choosing to focus on the big picture brings us into alignment with God’s will for unity in the Body of Christ. Only then will we see His promises fulfilled in our lives, in His Church and in the world He loved so much He sent His only Son to die for.
God is already doing great things around the world in these last days. It takes maturity on the our part to selflessly put aside our own agendas for the sake of unity. Where there is division, strife and lack of unity, there is always a selfish agenda at work behind the scenes.
In John 17, Jesus prayed not once but three times for unity among believers. He wanted the life and love of His Church to exemplify the perfect unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
An environment of pure, undefiled love for one another is the perfect setting for God’s blessings to flow. In fact, the Word says that unity commands a blessing! I pray that the world might see His Church in perfect unity, glorifying the name of Jesus throughout all the earth.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! …For there God commanded the blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133)