My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Disunity in the Body
And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided
against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against
itself will not stand.
(Matthew 12:25 NASB)
The Pharisees struggled with Jesus because he did not fit their
paradigm of the Messiah. Not only did he not meet their expectations,
but he seemed to have a different attitude toward the Law. For them the
Law had become a legalistic and rigid way in which to live their lives.
They fought for and defended the Law on a regular basis. Jesus viewed
the Law through a different lens; through the love of God. When the
Law was viewed in a relational manner (Love God -- Love your neighbor)
it changed everything. The Pharisees could not see this and were sure
that he was going to destroy everything and complained that he must not
be from God, but rather from Satan. Jesus knew what they were thinking
and tried to help them see that he was not being destructive to the
kingdom of God. Jesus was working daily for his Father in heaven and
while his tactics may have been different, he was not being divisive.
We seem to live in a world where people thrive on being divisive;
within society and within the kingdom of God. Has there ever been a
time when the United States has been so partisan? We seem to paint one
another with incredibly broad brushes -- literally painting people into
one corner or another with nothing in between. We do the same thing
spiritually. It seems that if people cannot align with us identically
in terms of doctrine, that we feel that we have to move them out, or
that we must move out, and the result is that we continue to divide the
kingdom of God. The result is a weaker kingdom because just as Jesus
said, "any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste."
Followers of Christ, members of the kingdom, have a serious
responsibility on a daily basis. We are to pray that we will be "one"
-- Just as Jesus and the Father are one! That's what Jesus prayed and
we must as well. We must work so that the enemy does not come in and
divide us against one another. That is what he truly desires and he
will work hard to deceive us into believing that our "righteous
indignation" is the correct attitude that we should have. But that's
not how Jesus told us to respond. We are to live as humble servants
before the Lord, seeking the face of God on a daily basis. We must pray
for unity within the kingdom of God and we must reach out to our
brothers and sisters who are also of the faith. We may not always agree
doctrinally, but we must join hands and move forward together to bring
the good news of Jesus to our world. Otherwise, what message of hope do
we have to bring to a hurt and dying world? Jesus came and healed the
sick. He is our model. We are to help heal the sick and the wounded.
We must be a model of the healed for those needing healing.
Pray for unity within the body of Christ for we cannot be divided
against ourselves! These are troubling days and we need to stand
united, hand in hand, and show the world that being a follower of Jesus
Christ is the best answer to the problems of our day. Our job is not to
correct those around us, but to seek the face of God, and in seeking
his face, to be a reflection of him to a needy world. If all of God's
followers were making this their priority, the world would be changed by
what they saw!
Lord, may I seek you today in all things and may I be an instrument of unity in the body of Christ. Amen.