Yesterday in our church service we considered two things
- The facts of history giving us the evidence that Jesus rose form the dead as we looked at events surrounding the empty grave , the experience of the early disciples of Jesus after the grave was found empty and the explosion of the early church, and
- How God who is very much part of our lives is really moving in our community in Bodmin to the point that we need a new building!
Psalm 133 verse 3 says this: “It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.”
David ends this psalm by saying God commands the blessing of eternal life. Because this is a psalm about unity, unity must be something that we do in response to His command. When God commands something to be done, there must be some response to accomplish His word. God says in Isaiah 55:11 that He sends forth His word, and it does not come back to Him empty, unfulfilled, void. This does not mean that hocus-pocus, abracadabra, something gets done. It means a “work” begins and is accomplished, and God receives it back as a completed project. He commands and gives everything needed for the work to be done, and then someone must respond and do it, presenting it back to God as a finished work.
Unity is such a work, commanded by God. We must respond to His charge and give it back to Him as a finished work, or it will never happen! Unity is something I believe we do in response to His command that “it be”. It is like many other godly works or acts that consist of God and us working together to produce them.
Unity works in this way. God sends His Spirit—His very nature, and power with whatever gifts we need to fulfil the process—and then we take up the work of promoting, continuing, and DOING it. Only then will we have unity. A person can pray all they want for God to unify the church, but if they are doing nothing about it, they may be very disappointed!
So let’s consider this unity of God with us as we press in to this week together because He has also promised never to leave us either!