Unity. The state of being united or joined as a whole. As America geared up for the War of Independence, the colonies stood united against Great Britain as they fought for freedom and to be its own country. Benjamin Franklin used the name “United Colonies of North America” around 1775, but when the Declaration of Independence was written and approved on July4, 1776, it used the name “United States of America.” The states were united for a common cause – freedom – and together they stood shoulder to shoulder to fight for the principles they held dear and the ones that we today take for granted.
Unity. In today’s world the word sounds more like a fairy tale with as much truth behind it as “And they all lived happily ever after.” (Click to tweet) Today, there is more division than ever before. Race. Religion. Ethnicity. Class. Political party. As a nation, we can’t even agree on how to define marriage. We have become a nation that panders to everyone except to God’s commands. (Click to tweet) God has a warning to nations, homes, and relationships that are divided. Mark 3:25 tells us that a house that is divided against itself will not stand.
Unity. Why is there no unity in the United States of America? The simple answer boils down to selfishness. We all want things the way we want them. We have become a nation full of “its all about me” people. (Click to tweet) When that means that what we want does not match what God wants, we just changes laws and call it “equal rights.” Government can take prayer out of school. They can redefine marriage. They can remove the 10 commandments from the walls of courtroom. But they cannot change God’s laws. What He says, still goes. And selfishness is still a sin. (Click to tweet) In Philippians 2:3, Paul wrote, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Unity will always fall apart when people act selfishly and think of themselves as better than someone else. The more we look to our own needs, own desires, and own ambitions, the more disunity we will see.
The nation of Israel also experienced division when God removed His favor from Saul and chose David to be King. Part of the nation follow Saul and part of the nation followed David. The division, like the USA, caused war. When David finally sat on the throne and unity was returned to the nation, David said, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” The word “behold” means “look and see.” As David penned the words to this psalm, his eyes most have seen something near him that was an external evidence of the unity that had been restored. After years of fighting and Saul trying to kill him, for David to look out and see unity must have been a very peaceful and calming experience for him.
God made a point in His Word to us to say that unity is important to Him. It’s essential to the Christian faith because we are the “body of Christ” and how we see ourselves and others within the body will determine how united we are. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:1-6: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk worth of the calling you have receive, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope at your calling – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.”
What does it take to restore unity? Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:2 that we have to consider the needs of others before our own and we should live with all modesty, humility and lowliness of mind and to “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2). When we live this way, there will be unity and the world will Christ through us.
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.