Unity in the Body of Christ

Last weekend was rivalry weekend in college football.  Here in South Carolina, the biggest rivalry game for most of us was the Clemson – South Carolina game.  For the most part, the Carolina fans hate Clemson and Clemson fans hate Carolina.  Clemson fans will pull for whoever Carolina is playing and Carolina fans pull for whoever Clemson is playing.  It is a heated rivalry and goes back over 100 years.

Even though the fans have a strong allegiance to their teams, you let another country attack the United States, and these fans will unite against that country.  In other words, our allegiance to our country is greater than the allegiance to a college.

In the same respect and more importantly, we as Christians should all be united in Christ.  This unity is very important and was stressed greatly in the Bible.  One example of this is the New Testament church in their observance of communion.  In 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Paul says,

“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.”

So, we see that the early church shared one loaf of bread, which represents Christ’s body, to symbolize that we as the church of Christ are one body and should all be united in Christ.

We as Christians may not always agree on everything, especially which sports team is the best, but it is essential that we be in one accord when it comes to being a part of the body of Christ.  Just as division within a sports team can cause the team to lose, division among us as Christians can prevent us from being successful in carrying out God’s purpose for His church in this world.

I think one of the main ways Satan attacks the church is by causing divisions.  He knows that if we are united, we can accomplish great things for God’s kingdom, but if we are divided we will fail.  There are a lot of hurting and spiritually dying people out there who need to us to show them God’s love.  Let’s not let petty disagreements prevent us from reaching these people for God.

Patrick Henry is attributed for his great quotes during the American revolutionary war.  He is quoted as saying,

“United we stand, divided we fall, Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”

Although he was referring to being united as Americans, we can apply this to us as Christians.  I encourage you, my Christian brothers and sisters, to stand united for Christ and together we can accomplish great things for his kingdom.

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Published in: on December 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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