The Purpose of Unity

“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”—1 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV)
On a highway outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming there is a billboard that reads, “God is 3 in 1 and 1 in 3, and the One in the middle died for me.” It shows a silhouetted cross against a cloudy sky—a message of Christ’s atonement and immeasurable love.
The message also shows the triune Godhead, or simply the Trinity. It’s possibly one of the hardest concepts to explain, but taken in faith, it is the unity of God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Since we are made in His image (Genesis 1:27), we can reason that the body of Christ was created to be unified. In this unity, we stand firmly together with one spirit and one mind, striving for the gospel (Philippians 1:7). It is this like-mindedness, under the authority of God, that gives us the mind of Christ—a mind of servitude (Mark 10:45), humility (Matthew 11:29), and obedience (Luke 22:42).
This was something Paul addressed to the church of Corinth, and these issues still exist in the church today. Sadly, there are consequences of divisions within the church. Not only personally, as spiritual growth can be stunted or hardened, but corporately as well. Entire churches split over the smallest argument. And what does that say about the body of Christ? Would it not make more sense to stand on the Rock that is Christ rather than stumble over it and destroy our witness to those looking on? Would it not give God more glory if we set aside our differences and walk in the manner worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1-6)? This eliminates the more serious consequence of driving people away from Jesus rather than leading them to Him.
The model for the Trinity goes like this: The Father points to the Son (John 3:35), the Son points to the Father (John 14:31), and the Spirit points to Jesus (John 15:26). We need to be a unified body pointing at all three. We need a voice of solidarity with the same mind; the same love that glorifies God.
Like a snowflake, one Christian can make an impact, but joined together, we are a force to be reckoned with.
DIG: Do a search in your favorite reference tool and see what the Bible says about unity. Meditate on Psalm 133:1.
DISCOVER: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas where you might be divisive. Are these affecting you personally, corporally, or in your witness?
DISPLAY: Commit time in prayer for the Church to be a unified voice.

About the Author

Lisa Supp

Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.