Bless the Lord O, my soul and all that is within me bless His Holy Name. My brothers and sisters in the Lord we praise the Lord for keeping us under the shadows of His wings and for the seal of protection. I trust that you will see the cause for this message this morning and learn something to ponder on in the week.
Division, disunity, and discord are constants in a world ruined by sin. On virtually every front, over every conceivable issue, mankind is at war with itself. Driven by pride and greed, everyone wants his or her own way, and no one is given to sacrificing or surrendering for the sake of another. Too many Pastors are fighting each other, ministers are trying to out do the other. What is the purpose of the cause we are called to in this hour? Just remember we all have sinned before God and we are in constant repentance.
And even when the people of the world do manage to work together—whether in a common cause, a business venture, or a marriage—you can be sure that self-interest under girds their cooperation. That’s what it means to be “dead in your trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1)—apart from Christ, we lack the ability to do anything truly selfless, righteous, or good.
Thankfully, while the church is filled with sinners who share the same selfish instincts, God has freed His people from the bondage of their flesh and given them the ability to work together, sacrificing themselves for the sake of His kingdom and each other.
That unity among believers is a powerful encouragement. It buoys our spirits in the midst of trials, energizes our spiritual growth, shoulders our burdens, promotes accountability to live holy lives, and emboldens us to proclaim the truth of God’s Word. Christians are right to celebrate the unity the Lord has forged between us, and must protect it against Satan’s assaults. How well we sustain this depends on how we face the challenges and live thereafter.
But we need to keep that unity in proper perspective, along with its implications. We love the imagery of standing together with other Christians, but are we giving too little thought about what we’re standing against? Are we aware of the spiritual climate we embrace? There comes the time when we have to take a stand for something or die for nothing.
Many believers today are quick to assert their solidarity in the gospel. But what are the implications of that unity? It’s not enough just to affirm that we stand together for the gospel—we also need to understand what we’re united together against. Are we uniting for the cause of the gospel or to unite against your brethren? Let us make sure what we are standing for before it is too late. God bless and keep you in His service.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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