…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood… Ephesians 4:12-13
According to the above passage of scripture, we should expect, as the body of Christ, to be maturing. That process of maturing should eventually bring us to a unity in the faith of Christ, so that we work as one body – as one unit – building itself up in love (Eph 4:16b). Christ, as he walked this earth, had one purpose, and that was to do the Father’s will. (John 4:30)
Oh, how I love the church of Jesus Christ! I have met so many people in the body of Christ who have such passion, such hunger for His Word, such desire to walk according to the Kingdom! What an amazing vision! The church – the people of God – unified as one body, serving one purpose. All the various parts of the body orchestrated and synchronized so as to act as one unit, working in unison to complete a mission, which is to do the will of the Father thereby bringing Glory to His name! Can you see it? All the people acting as the parts of the body sacrificing their own glory to bring glory to the one they serve!
Yet, today so much division exists within and between the various houses of God that call themselves the church. My heart grieves upon recollecting the many times I have witnessed those who name the name of Christ tearing down the body of the very one they serve.
The purpose of this blog is to:
1) Explore the reasons we, as the church of Jesus Christ, are failing to mature to a point that we have unity in the Faith
2) Encourage the church of Christ – His very body – to support and encourage, (within the churches and across denominational lines), retract pointing fingers and follow the commandment as Jesus gave us:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35
The church should look different, act different and live different from the world, because we are different. It starts with Love. If we love like Christ loved us, we will open our hearts to those around us both within the church and the world and pray for those with whom we have doctrinal differences, opening discussions rooted in love rather than in criticism. It is my prayer for all of us who name the name of Christ that the “eyes of our hearts be enlightened” (Eph 1:18) to how Christ desires us to respond to each other and that we “behave in the world with simplicity and Godly sincerely, not by earthly wisdom but by the Grace of God.” (II Cor 1:2-3)