Church just doesn’t always feel the way it’s supposed to feel. Even though it should feel unified, it sometimes seems like division defines the atmosphere instead. There’s division over theology, economics, politics, routines, denominations, and more. It’s not just an issue in churches around the country or across the globe; it’s an issue in the churches in our own communities.
In just one building, there can be hundreds of people who hold hundreds of different perspectives—perspectives that might threaten to divide them. But what if instead of focusing on the things that potentially separate us from the people sitting across the aisle from us, we focused instead on the one thing we all have in common—the most important thing we share—Jesus.
Take a look at this example from the early church:
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
—Acts 2:42–47 (NLT)
Diversity in the church shouldn’t divide us; instead, it should be celebrated. No matter who we are or where we come from, followers of Jesus are united by the love of God. With that at the heart of our churches, who could separate us?
Pray for our church specifically this week. Ask God to help us as a body of believers to be united by His love.