Unity Starts with U.

If unity commands God’s blessing (Psalm 133), don’t you want unity?  I want unity so bad I can taste it.  I’ve never talked to a Christian who would disagree with the reality that unity is one of the most important factors for any Christian family, church, ministry, or leadership team.  We all want unity.  

If we all want unity, then why is it so hard to get (and so hard to keep)?    

The short answer is SIN.  But this is not a blog on how to lose unity (that’s a “skill” you don’t want to teach as a pastor), this is a blog on how to get unity.  

How do we get unified?  

We all have personal preferences, we have different points of origin, we have different experiences, and we have a diversity of gifts and passions (diversity itself is a mark of God’s design in a church, see Romans 12 or 1 Corinthians 12).  

Can I suggest something to you?  

Most of the time when we’re looking for unity, we look at what other people prefer, desire, or demand, and we think: “if only they could change and view things similar to how I view them, then unity would be easily attainable.”  

Friend, that’s just not how unity works.  

How does unity work? 

Unity starts with each one of us individually focusing on what God wants to change in US, not in others. 

Look at what Paul says in Philippians 2:1-4

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Let each of you have concern, not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  

We get on the road to unity when each one of us begins practicing passages like this in our individual lives.  So as I apply this to my life, unity starts with me. Unity starts with me coming before God day by day, humbling myself before him, being saturated in His word, and submitting myself to the leading of His Spirit. My role in unity is getting in accountability, embracing community, and practicing passages like Philippians 2:1-4 in my life.

How about you? You could say it like this: unity starts with YOU.

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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1 Response to Unity Starts with U.

  1. When one is focusing on what someone else is doing or not doing then one is not able to do what they are called to do.
    After 20 plus years of active political involvement, I have been witnessing what disunity does to an organization with common good. I am working on bringing unity to a local group in hopes that UNITED we STAND or else, continue to be divided and we fall. My advice to folks is that unless they want us to lose the war on issues dear to our hearts, we must be united in the ways that we are individually called to challenge it.
    My gosh, imagine the spoils when the harvest is ripe but the pickers are too busy bickering with each other to pick. We don’t have time to worry about what the other is doing or not doing. We must be flexible to adjust as times change and embrace the new life that God breathes or attempts to breath into our lives.
    Every individual is going to be subject to God’s judgment so we must be careful not to throw away what He has established in us for “much is required to whom much is given”.
    Blessings to your and your family, pastor!

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