Sunday, November 16, 2008

Unity

This morning  in church we will be continuing our series through the book of Ephesians. We have come to the portion of Scripture which teaches about being united in one body.  It is a good thing to have unity for when there is unity there is harmony.  Everyone wants unity in their homes, and with their friends and  in their workplace. On a larger scale we want harmony or peace on earth! But what about unity with God and with fellow believers.  What about unity within the local church?
In the verses that will be covered today, 2:11 & 12, we will see what it means not to be united with Christ. Words like "seperate" "excluded" " strangers" "no hope" "without God" are all within these two verse.  What a dismal picture.  The world has not changed.  People are still looking for meaning and purpose and something to put their hope in.  We are all coming from the same place as these Ephesians were before we had Christ in our lives. The difference is that once we have Christ in our lives, we immediately have hope and purpose for our lives and we are not seperated from Him any longer.  We become part of the family of God, the body of Christ and He unites us with other believers. But so often although we are all part of one body and we are united together there is dis-unity and disagreement and strife.  Whe we don't agree we can become bitter and angry and judgemnetal. We don't look any different than the world. 
As I struggle to understand this in my walk with the Lord, I  get discouraged.  Things are just not the way they are supposed to be.  So as we begin a new week and I walk with God and learn to trust Him more, my responsibility is to understand my position with Christ, and my place in the body of Christ.  No matter what others are doing or saying, I must please the Lord and strive for unity among my brothers and sisters in Him.

Learning to Trust God . . . In Unity . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

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