Sitting in a leadership meeting with my Pastor he spoke some very profound words which resonated in my spirit. “Each member of the church needs to have a place in the church – besides the pew.” My thoughts then began to think of unity and purpose and how each member of a church body needs to have a purpose and live in unity in order to bring about the vision God has placed in the pastor’s heart.
Unity means the combining or joining of separate things or entities to form one. A beautiful example of lives blending together as one; is the story of Ruth and her devotion to Naomi. The cultures, ages, and background of these women were very different, however they were bound to each other as one. This my friend is an amazing picture of how unity should be in the Body of Christ.
“Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” – Ruth 1: 14-17 (NKJV)
We all have different ways of interpreting unity. A lot of times the Body of Christ thinks before they can walk in unity all things must be in perfect position and perfect conditions. They tend to look at the “what is in it for me” instead of “how can I help you pastor bring about your vision.”
Ruth made both a choice to walk in unity with her mother-in-law Naomi AND she made a commitment to her. As Ruth and Naomi joined together to move back to Bethlehem their trip was one filled with challenges, not much different then the challenges the Body of Christ faces in building unity and a church body. In spite of the challenges, Ruth made a decision she was going to surrender her ideas, her will, her agenda, and even her homeland to follow and stand in unity with her mother-in-law. She was sold out. She ran the risk of being rejected, she did not care if others misunderstood her, and she abandoned herself to Naomi resulting in God using Ruth to be in the very line of the descendants of David – an ancestor of Jesus Christ the Messiah! Did you get that! Ruth did not know the God of Israel before she sold out to be in unity with Naomi, however she came to know God and ended up in the very birth line of Jesus!!!
If we want to get to the level God wants to truly use us we must begin to develop a passion for unity. We the Body of Christ must stand up along side our pastor and catch their vision! We must put our hand to the plow and work to bring in the harvest of those who do not know Jesus, THEN we must get them free! I challenge each of us to become one with our pastors, to cling to them and put away our egos, put away our titles and say like Ruth we are in this together, wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God!
We can do more for Christ when we stand together rather than be spread apart. God’s desire for His children is to stand together in unity- reaching out to this lost world and bringing them the Gospel and setting them FREE! So what are you going to do this week to help your pastor bring the vision about in your church and your city for Christ?