1 Corinthians 1
There is a “You” in Unity
I really have struggled with writing this devotion. Unity. God calls us to be united in this cause for Christ. It seems simple enough. I wanted to write…unity, just do it. How hard is it to be united with everyone who claims to be a Christ follower?
1 Corinthians 1:10 says, “I appeal to you brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.”
Have you ever met a bunch of people who love to disagree as much as the church body? Sheesh, you have people leave churches because of paint colors, they do not like the music, they do not like the children’s program, it is too big, it is too small, the Pastor does not preach exactly how they like, some want pews, some want chairs, blah blah blah. You name it, and I have probably heard the excuses to why people argue or leave a church. We do not like this one, so we are just going to leave and start another one. How ungodly is that? God does not receive glory in our quarreling or separating. For the greater good of the Gospel, we need to lay preferences and hurt down.
What does God call us to be united over? His doctrine. God puts into place Pastoral leadership in our local church bodies. These men are called by God and held responsible for teach us God’s Word. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.” As long as a Pastor is preaching God’s Word faithfully and is living their lives in accordance with the qualifications of a pastor in 1 Timothy, we have got to put the rest aside and be united in the Scripture. We may not prefer the methods they use or like decisions they have made. However, if they do not go against Scripture, we are to remain unified.
Over the last few months, The River Church and The Point Church unified. This was not an easy decision to make. What if they do not do things how we do them, what if they spend money differently than we do, what if I do not get to make decisions how I want them, what if they run their programs differently, what if, what if, what if. However, all of the pastors involved in making this decision put aside their preferences in order for us to collectively reach and minister to more people with the Gospel. This year we had record amounts of people hear about Jesus in our Easter gatherings at all of our locations. We came together to have an egg hunt and thousands of people came and heard about the Resurrection. Jesus is glorified in unity. Jesus is blessing us in this unification. Maybe you need to ask forgiveness today for being a part of the quarreling in God’s family. Maybe you need to ask someone forgiveness for being a part of a church split. I pray for us as a church, regardless of how difficult it is always to be unified in God’s Word.
(Wife of Lead Pastor Josh Combs)