DAY 16: For the various congregations and unity among them

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”  – I Corinthians 12:12-13

OBSERVATION:  Within our culture we tend to talk about, sometimes with great passion, what divides us. We have debates, discussions, and many Facebook wars with people about these divisive issues. Some of these issues are important, but if we are not careful, this culture can carry over into our church congregations and cause division. In 1 Corinthians, Paul address the church in Corinth and the division that was happening. Specifically, in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Paul talks about unity within the Body of Christ, and how our churches can suffer if we aren’t unified. In context, Paul is addressing the local church and urging people to be united and serve together using their gifts. I think we can apply this scripture to not just the local church, but the universal Church (All followers of Christ) as well. Paul is clear in verse 12 that even though we are many parts, we are one body. For our body to function properly, we have to work together and be united. For our churches to change the world, as the Body of Christ, we need to be united. What unites us is Christ, and His sacrifice. What unites us is the love of the Father and His forgiveness. Instead of focusing on the issues that divides us, lets focus on the solution that unites us: This world needs Jesus. We need Jesus. If we want unity in our congregations and in this world, we will only find it when we are united with Christ.

PRAYER:  Father, today we pray that our local church bodies would be a place of unity, not division. We pray that our churches focus would be building His kingdom, not our own. We ask pray for our local churches to be united together across denominations. Through unity in our local churches, do something amazing here in El Dorado.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

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