Saturday, May 27, 2017

Unity Is Pulling Together for the Cause of Christ

The Detroit River, in Wyandotte

When I was in a fraternity as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University, there were campus "fraternity games" every spring. The different fraternities challenged each other in athletic events. One of them was the tug-of-war.

Ten men lined up on two sides of a creek. They gripped a thick rope. They dug their heels in, leaned back, and tried to pull the other fraternity team into the creek. I loved watching this! These were big, strong guys, some of whom were on NIU's football team. One fraternity brother stood next to them and coached them, getting them to pull together, in unity. The winning team was the strongest, most-united team. Sheer strength was not enough to win this contest. There had to be a united pulling-together.

It is the same with Real Church. Sheer giftedness is not enough. There must be humble submission to one another, a united pulling-together.

We see this in Philippians 2:1-2, one of the most beautiful unity-passages ever written. It says:

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

We are strong in the Lord. We pull together, for the same cause, the cause of Christ.