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vText: 1 Corinthians 1:10
How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity
Several centuries ago, ancient China wanted to secure its borders from its northern invaders. They had an ingenious plan. They built a great wall to protect the border. It was so thick that no one could knock it down. It was so long that no one could get around it. They posted soldiers at different places. It was built wide enough on the top for chariots to patrol. If they heard of an attack at distant location, they could easily get to it. They were up high giving them a superior advantage over their enemies. They knew that they had protected their borders sufficiently against all enemies. But, in the first 100 years of the Great Wall of China, the nation was invaded three times. How? An enemy bribed the gatekeeper and entered into the land undetected.
Unity is the state of being joined as one or being in harmony or one in the spirit and
A look at 1 Corinthians 1:10 gives an insight of how Apostle Paul through the inspiration of the spirit of God wants Christians to live.
Why is unity important in a ministry?
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Everyone is needed to accomplish the task that is set before us. Though with different gifts coming together as one, we are under the same umbrella. Everyone is needed in the ministry to carry the message of Christ across the globe. I need you. You need me. We are all part of God’s body.
We are like a ‘choir’ made up of many members with different voices. With the help and guidance of their choir leader, they combine their voices and produce a sweet and lovely song.
Just as a body has different parts performing different functions, unity or teamwork is important. This is what allows a ministry to run like a well-oiled machine. It is necessary to call and check up on someone who seems to be missing in action. A call to find out how he/she is doing and pray for the person might go a long way to strengthen the bond we have as a family.
When we diminish the importance of unity in the body of Christ, we risk being invaded by the enemy. God has called us to divine fellowship. That fellowship is one of the most powerful tools of witness to a lost and dying world. If we don’t protect it, strive for it, and do everything we can to promote it, we open the gate to the enemy. The enemy will attack, causing ineffectiveness and destruction amongst us. Let’s pray for the spirit of unity among leaders and members. Having one mind and following the lead, be humble and gentle towards each other and be understanding and appreciate each other’s unique gifts.
Prayer point: That God will help us to strive for unity wherever we find ourselves