UNITY “THE POWER OF ONE ACCORD”
You can do what I cannot do, I can do what You cannot do, But this one thing is sure
“Together we can do great things.”
You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. Ephesians 4:5-6.
What is Unity? There are so many definitions, every able human being can give a definition. From the 66 Book Love Story (The Bible), the definition of unity comes from studying the lives of a group of people whom our Lord Jesus Christ personally mentored. I am talking about the Apostles of Faith from Peter to Matthias to the early church.
After the death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection, He appeared unto His disciples for several times within the period of 40 days. 10 days after His ascension (Pentecost day), they received the promise of the father “The Holy Spirit.”
There is something unique about Jesus’s disciples. In John 17, while He was praying for His disciples He specifically asked God to keep them United in togetherness.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So, they might be one heart and mind with us.Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. John 17:21
The prayer was simple and very powerful: That They May Be ONE! The word unity as per Jesus’s definition is ONE, no matter how large or many we are.
“Though we are many, we are One body in Christ.”
In Acts 2 the Bible tells us, they were together in One Accord waiting patiently on the promise of the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Men and women about 120 of them, thy had one simple purpose which was: “The Pentecost!”
The promise and manifestation of the Holy Spirit through an event that transpired on the day of Pentecost could not have happened if the disciples were not united. They did more exploits for God because after the Pentecost they still stayed together in groups, no lone walker, no one taking things personally. They were there to serve the word in Holiness and Peace.
Unity seems very basic and most people sadly enough ignore the power of togetherness. If you look at the present-day church, you will notice a lot of division. Yes! I said so because group A sees themselves superior to other groups. Whereas Paul said:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28.
During the early church, disunity was coming up, because the devil understands very well the saying of Jesus in Matthew 28:31b
‘I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.’
Though Jesus meant in a good way, because persecution made them go in groups all over the world, there they preached Christ and established many churches. But the devil in this dispensation is making leaders fight each other. It is in this our time you see pastor A fighting pastor B and both members take the fight even personally. This is what disunity can cause. Paul asked the Corinthians church in 1 Corinthians 3:4-5.
“For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?”
We are so divided that even young Christian groups now swear allegiance: Group A will never attend the conferences of Group B and vice versa. All because both leaders do not agree and are not friends. Now you wonder why these generation of Christians are the most POWERLESS in history. This is because we are all practicing one form of disunity or the other.
This is very sad, but when you study the Bible deeply you will begin to understand the benefits of unity and see around you people that were united and what they achieved.
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favour: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Phil 2:1-2.
- Grace. When we are walking in unity we can do more in a united group compared to our individual strength alone.
- Obedience. Unity helps in keeping us in check. “No man is an island on his own, you can’t just do it by your strength Never!” We’re one body, we have one simple goal: Holiness, Righteousness, and Peace with all men, without which no man shall see God. These are easy to achieve when we walk in unity.
- Perseverance 2 Corinthians 4:7-end, the apostle Paul was talking about “WE” all the time. In unity, we can endure, we can stand, we can push on, we can press forward to the utmost goal in life.
- POWER!!!!! Yes, this is it. “United We Stand or Divided We Fall” Unity brings a strange kind of power that your enemies are too scared to understand. When a nation is united, you don’t mess with them. In Acts 4 something strange happened. When the disciples were demonstrating the power of the Holy Ghost, the rulers of the city and priests of the synagogues were challenged and in distress. They asked Peter and his group: By what Power and Authority do you perform these things? These people threaten them that they went home scared. But because of unity according to Acts 4:23-37, this story will send a chill to your body. The went home and cried as a group in One Accord to God, by the time they had finished. The bible says and I quote: And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31.
This is what unity can do. Unity brings Power which in turn brings Boldness.
Finally, dearly beloved, you can only give your best, but when combined, you will do great exploit. Stay united, stay focused. Paul told them in Philippians 3:13-17, but focus on verse 16: Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
We need to have the same mind, same goal, and the same rule to perform our duties as people of God. I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So, let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
I close by saying this,
“The way to the Top is very Lonely and when you get there it is very Boring. You will need People both on your way to the top and when you get to the top.” Stay United.
Same Mind, Same Goal, Same Rule. Jesus Only, Jesus Ever, Jesus All. UNITY!
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