Saji K Abraham
We live in world of disunity. We find disunity everywhere from our homes, our families, our work places, in local, state and government, etc. The society in which we live today is a very self-oriented. Self is all about the individual. For any organization to be successful, unity is very important. We should have a common goal and should stand for united purpose. Church is group of people called for special purpose. The Church isn’t made up of a lot of disconnected people. Ephesians 4:4 says, “We Church are all one body.” The Church, must be a team, working together to accomplishing God’s purposes. There are three purposes for the church. To worship God, to build up the saints, and to spread the Good News. And unity is important to fulfill all three of these purposes.
When we stay united and worship God, it leads to God being glorified. There is a great power in unity and God promises to bless us when we stay together. Church’s goal is to build up the body of believers. When this body of believers stays united, we are able to reach out to unbelievers who are attracted to our selflessness.
It not only gives us opportunity to build up others, but also for others to help build us up. A concern for people mirrors God’s concerns and thus glorifies him. This concern leads us to help build up the believers, not out of criticism, but a genuine desire to help them. And a genuine love and concern for people will attract unbelievers who are searching for acceptance. Unified message and the good news that the church is proclaiming to the world is that whoever believes and accept Christ as personal savior should have an eternal life.
Therefore, unity in the Church is not just desirable, but absolutely essential if the Church is to fulfill its purposes. It was the theme of Jesus prayer to the Father in John 17:21 “My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father–that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.