SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:1-2 (CEB) – larger reading Philippians 2:1-11
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other.
A. W. Tozer writes: Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last many years it will come as no surprise that we are a divided society. Most of the men and women on the great divide claim Christ as their savior. Let me surmise as to how we got to this state: We have taken our eyes off of Christ, the great unifier.
I believe it was John Wesley who said: “If your heart belongs to Christ give me your hand and we will walk together.” If he didn’t say it he could have given his belief in the powerful catholic spirit which should drive all hearts and minds into one body.
Lent stands as a 40-day journey were we once again begin to allow the spirit of Christ to dwell in our hearts allowing the Holy Spirit to unite us in a bond of love. Anything less denies his resurrection and simply nails Jesus to the cross all over again.
Matthew 5:23-24 (TM) - "This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God. is often quoted, but seldom followed.
Bring society has to start someplace. It should start with those who say they follow Jesus. Lent is a great time to start since it is a season of repentance and reconciliation.
We all want a God-centered reconciliation. We desire our relationship with Christ to be rock solid. That which stands in our way is our relationship with those on the other side of the divide. By keeping our eyes fixed on God we will automatically move closer to each other. It is called grace!
Our desire is unity. We long for ones in spirit and in truth. We hate it when we out of sorts with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Bring us together Lord, bring us together.