God has created each and every one of us as unique individuals. It is incredible to see the many differences between all of us. When we look at the body of Christ, we see people of every nationality, gender, and age all coming together to further the Gospel of Christ. Somehow, in the midst of all this diversity, Christ brings us together to do His work on this earth. However, due to our sinful nature there are many times where the unity we are called to have can break down. We see people more focused on their own desires, instead of sacrificing for one another.
Paul understands this battle for unity that believers face, and he addresses it in Philippians 2:1-5. He encourages believers to be of the same mind, maintain the same love, be united in spirit and intent on one purpose. As believers, our one purpose needs to be proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. We have been given the Great Commission, and it is when we stray from that purpose that we see our unity break down. As a church we can have unity in our diversity when we are all pressing forward with the Gospel as our main goal. There are thousands of people in the towns we live in that need to hear the Gospel, and it is our mission to be unified as a body of believers preaching it to them.
Also, in our unity, we need to be putting others before ourselves. Verses 3-5 instruct us to adopt the same attitude that Christ has. He came to this earth, humbled himself, and died on a cross for the sins of humanity. He paid the ultimate price for the good of others. This is an attitude that may seem impossible for us to have, but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can emulate Christ. To have true unity we must forget our own desires and focus on the needs of the body of Christ. This extends past the body of Christ to the world. We need to be showing the love of Chist to other people by meeting their needs instead of our own. We honor God by serving “the least of these” in our every day life. Thought we all may be different, let’s honor God through our unity by laying down our desires and meeting the needs of each other.
Philip Piasecki | Worship Leader
Discussion Question – Why is unity within the church so important?