The body of Christ is ONE body. There is no other. Standing side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder with your sister and brother in Christ, you are united as ONE body. This is no easy task, but with God all things are possible. Our sin desires to be independent. Our sin desires to be one notch above the rest, one step further than the whole. Sin deceives us into thinking that certain parts of the one body hold special significance and priority over other parts. Sin will deceive us into thinking that our gift or position is of more importance to the body than the rest. This spirit of division is the antithesis to the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is humility, unity and love. The Spirit of Christ in us seeks unity in spite of our own comfort, desires and pride.
The Christian is called to a life of unending and comprehensive sacrifice. Nothing about sacrifice is easy. Why should we think that our union and fellowship with other believers would be any different? It’s not. Our relationships with each other in the body of Christ are often the things used by God to refine us the most. Without the tension and challenge of seeking unity in the Church there would be no growth, no transformation and thus no life. We need each other. We need this tension. We need the sacrifice. The sin in us will turn from the challenge and seek to find any available opportunity to blame-shift, judge, criticize and reject those around us in the Church. Seek unity. Seek Jesus. By the blood of the Lamb we were saved from eternal condemnation and that same blood is the only chance we have to finding unity in the body of Christ. Allow our Lord to sharpen you. Allow him to reveal what is in you. Allow him to teach you. Find your place at the foot of the Cross and welcome your brother and sister to join you there and only there. This is not friendship. This is fellowship, and fellowship of the deepest kind, bought at the highest price. We have all been saved. We have all been forgiven. We are all beloved by our heavenly Father. These are the ligaments that bind us together and nothing else. Unity is not an option, it is the result of living in Christ, for Christ and with Christ.