(The following is taken from “Whispers of Hope” by Beth Moore. Published by B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN.)
“For when one of you says, ‘I am a follower of Paul,’ and another says, ‘I follow Apollos,’ aren’t you acting just like people of the world?” – 1 Corinthians 3:4 NLT
Regarding His church, nothing means more to Christ than unity; obviously Satan’s priority work is division. The enemy already knows the gates of hell cannot prevail against the church, so instead he attacks from inside. Though Satan cannot overcome the church as a whole, he wreaks havoc and excludes many by cultivating division from the inside out.
If I may say so gently, it’s time for the church to grow up. We desperately need to break up a few camps in Christ’s church and let Him move us on to maturity. We have conservative camps, moderate camps, and liberal camps. We have camps within a camp. Our church staffs, meant to be examples of unity, are often replete with camps. Church members stand behind this minister against that minister – the division goes on and on.
Let’s allow God to turn our hearts inside out. Are we in Christ’s camp and His alone? Christ is the Head of the church, and we are unified only as we all bend our knees to Him.
“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” – John 17:23 NLT
May we be “brought to complete unity.”