Unity Validates Your Message

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If people come together for a cause, nothing will be impossible for them.

Dear Sister,

I would like to share a few thoughts about why unity among us is extremely important to God. Please take the time to carefully read each Scripture reference you see.

We are to reflect God’s nature. More than anything else, unity based on love, as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4–8, demonstrates the nature of God to a world that is torn into thousands of pieces by strife, wars and hatred. All these directly result from men’s selfishness and pride, their demanding and fighting for their own rights at the expense of others.

God, on the other hand, is a Trinity that exists in perfect unity. God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit never compete with each other for anything.

God’s plan is that when people watch our lives, they should see a true reflection of His nature in us. That’s why Jesus prayed for His followers just before He went to the cross: “... that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us” (John 17:21).

Unity validates our Gospel message. Jesus clearly expresses in the very next statement of His prayer that the believability of the Gospel message will depend on our unity among each other: “... that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me” (John 17:21). It’s a very serious and sobering truth. We generally think that preaching confirmed by healings and miracles will cause people to believe in Jesus. But now we discover in Jesus’ prayer that unless God’s work is backed up by our unity, we actually destroy the credibility of the Gospel. That should alarm us enough to honestly examine our home life, our teamwork and our relationships with our husband, co-workers, leaders and church members.

Unity transforms us into a mighty force. Imagine a cart with a heavy load on it and 20 people each trying to pull it into a different direction. How successful will they be to get to the next village? You know the answer. They will never make it unless they make up their minds and everyone pulls in the same direction.

Similarly, if people unite together in a cause, nothing will be impossible for them. That’s what God said in Genesis 11:6 about the ungodly people who set out to build the Tower of Babel. How much truer should this statement be of us, whom God has called to build His kingdom!

Much frustration and lack of success in our ministries can often be traced back to the fact that our hearts are not united. If there is any resentment in your heart toward your leader, your co-worker, your husband or the ministry—even if you never express it in words—you have created a roadblock for God’s Spirit to move.

What all could happen? Imagine for a moment—what could happen in your home, your mission field and your nation:

... if you and your husband were truly united in reaching the lost, and you would no longer seek for a comfortable life?

... if you and your co-workers would stop envying each other’s gifts and there would be unity on the team?

... if we began to pray daily for one another and the lost world, and God could mold us together into a powerful force whose only desire was to reach Asia for Christ?

Unity does not come without a price! It starts with a deliberate decision on our part to humble ourselves as Jesus did, to willingly lay down our rights and desires and submit to the will of God with all our heart (Philippians 2:5–8).

If we struggle to hold on to something we count so dear, let us consider this: Our life here on earth is so short. Unless we make our decisions with eternity in mind, we will definitely miss God’s plan.

My dear Sister, may I suggest that you save this letter so you can study this issue of unity further. The most important thing is to ask yourself after each point, “How can I practically apply what God has shown me?” Unless you make specific decisions and take actual steps to implement them, you will not experience any spiritual growth in this area of unity. My sincere prayer is that all of us sisters will desire to become one in Jesus and be used by Him.

Your Sister,

Gisela

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