It’s not really a secret…
In Ephesians 4 : 1-6, Paul charges the Church in Ephesus to prioritise their unity through love and patience by the power of the Spirit in order to produce peace. We’ve all witnessed the need for Paul to say something like that. During my time at Bible school I realised why it’s often so hard to be part of the Church. It’s full of people. I had the best classmates (love you guys) but we’d always manage to have conflict between us somehow. One of the primary lessons I learned during the year was concerning the power of Forgiveness.
Much like any other family, the Church was created
to live together in unity and when this doesn’t
happen it causes an incredible amount of pain.
In this generation we’re seeing something of a restoration of unity in the Church that sounds a lot more like what Paul was talking about. Despite doctrinal differences, denominational lines and past hurts, people are being drawn back together in their hearts and centring on Christ. This may not mean gluing churches together but it’s certainly producing joinings that are allowing the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ to flow more freely into the earth and I believe this should be our prayer.
The true prayer for unity is not a prayer for
the establishment of my agenda but of Christ’s.
It’s not simply our humility or our good ideas that are bringing us together, it’s the power of the prayer of Jesus in John 17. The working of that prayer is producing humility and love in us that is bridging our gaps. The power of that prayer is bringing greater revelation of the nature of God and the person of Jesus to us. The power of that prayer is bringing the answer to Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17 – “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him…”
It’s an exciting time to be alive! Unity for the sake of family! Unity for the sake of the Father’s heart! Unity for the sake of the gospel! Let’s keep asking God for the grace to move away from the past and to step into the future in the power of this prayer.