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Love & Unity - and Worship (Part 3)

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“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." John 17:20-21

Unity

Jesus commanded us to love one another as He loves us. He prayed that we would be one, and when the Holy Spirit was given, our unity became reality. Of course, we’re not talking about “unity” as in “conformity.” We’re talking about being one in Christ because His Spirit dwells in all believers. It is that “oneness” that shows the world Jesus came from the Father - and it is our Spirit-empowered love for one another that puts it on display.

Ephesians 4:1-3 shows the beautiful connection between love and unity:

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Notice the wording of verse 3. We are to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit. The unity of the Spirit does not originate with us. We don’t create it or establish it. We can’t conjure it up or manufacture it. Jesus prayed that we would be one, and because His Spirit lives in every believer - we are one. And by His Spirit, our lives will be marked by humility, gentleness, patience, and forbearance in love - and our unity will be on display.

What’s on Display?

In the sphere of your worship ministry, is the unity of the Spirit on display? Are you - and the members of your ministry team - making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit?

Does each member, in humility, recognize that no person or gift-set is more important than another? Or is pride creating division?

Is every member treated with gentleness, each approaching the others with a caring spirit? Or are the self-assertions of some crushing the spirits of others? Does a patient attitude prevail, with members bearing with one another? Or do petty reactions spring up when there are differences?

Is there a sense of continuous, unconditional love that undergirds the ministry?

My dad was a Minister of Music for more than 50 years. He used to say, “Harmony is more important than harmony.” He was right. We must place the highest priority on the harmony that displays our unity in Christ. If we want the world to believe that Jesus was sent from the Father, we must show the world a beautiful display of that unity. That kind of harmony is a song the world needs to hear.



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