Expect Division; Work for Unity

Scriptures speak of “unity of the Spirit.”  That doesn’t JUST happen.


John 7:43 – So there was a division among the people because of him.


I urge you to take a moment and read the three (3) verses in John 7 just before our Text for Today.  In churches today, and since my move from a 28-year pastorate to my current ministry, I see a lot of this, there is a plethora of “little foxes” that seem to offer an almost infinite number of reasons for division.  At the same time, I hear from so many members of the five-fold ministry, and almost every pulpit a cry for unity.  And so many people seem to be so surprised when there seem to be elements of division in the church.  My friend, as long as there are two people in the congregation, the potential for division is present.  It was the same in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry.  Even among the people who believed on Him, there was division.  Some thought Him to be Messiah, the Christ.  Others thought Him a great and promised prophet.  Still others thought Him a wonderful rabbi.  And all this among those who believed on Him.

Dear one, the controversy of thought surrounding Jesus at this hour has not diminished.  It has, in fact, expanded.  Today, with Islam, and with so many cults built around the name, Jesus, the expansion of what I describe is enormous.  The number of cults using the name of Jesus is constantly increasing, and even Islam embraces Jesus as a prophet.  But all these are only points of contention designed to denigrate, belittle, and mock the Name of Jesus, that Name that is above every name, that Name at which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.  So expect division.  It’s out there in a plethora of forms, each one, regardless of how great it may look, is a “little fox” with a designation from hell to spoil the Lord’s vine.

But unity is still called for by the Lord.  The five-fold ministry was set in the church UNTIL we all come in the unity of the faith.  And it is through the five-fold ministry that the Lord has set forth the work of “perfecting the saints,” so they can do the work of the ministry so the body of Christ can be edified.  One could see it as almost oxymoronic; while we should expect division, one our main objectives is to work for unity.  While Satan strives to bring about division and disunity, the body of Christ has been fully armed and excellently equipped to work toward, and ultimately see established, unity in the body of Christ.  We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices, and at the same time, we must realize that our enemy is truly powerless against the weapons of our warfare, for they are mighty through God.  The enemy’s weapons are carnal, but our weapons are supernatural through the Spirit.  Enjoy you labor. 

Manna for Today – John 7:40-53; Ephesians 4:11-17; Psalm 133; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Song of Solomon 2:15